Jan. 31, 2013
Roanoke has experienced an increase in the number of motorcycle accidents over the past year. A story from WSLS 10 News explained what officials believe is causing the increase, and what a group of local motorcyclists are doing to combat the problem.
Data collected by the city shows there were 20 motorcycle accidents in the city during 2011, resulting in a single death. The Roanoke Motorcycle Accident count then spiked by 60 percent in 2012 with 32 collisions resulting in two deaths. City officials believe the increased number of accidents can be attributed to a larger volume of motorcycles on the road due to rising fuel costs for larger vehicles.
To help eliminate the problem, a group of Roanoke businesses and motorcycle enthusiast organizations are promoting a campaign called “Look Twice, Save a Life”. The campaign features a moving billboard that will travel around the area educating the public on the importance of always looking twice in both directions before attempting to enter traffic.
So far, the program seems to be a success, considering other groups from across the nation are contacting organizers of the campaign for information to spread the safety message in their own cities.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm hope the campaign will be successful in reducing the number of motorcycle accidents that occur in the region.