If you love or someone in your family loves to ride a motorcycle, you know that unique risks must be addressed. The inherent lack of protection around bikers makes them highly vulnerable if or when an accident occurs.

In recent years, West Virginia has seen an increase in the number of motorcyclists killed, highlighting the need for increased awareness on the part of riders and other motorists alike.

Annual biker fatalities across West Virginia

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 26 motorcyclists died in crashes statewide in 2014. Those riders represented 9.6% of the state’s total vehicular fatalities that year. The following year, 32 biker deaths represented almost 12% of the state’s accident deaths.

In both 2016 and 2017, the number and percent of motorcyclist fatalities in West Virginia declined but that trend reversed in 2018 when 39 riders were killed. Those riders accounted for 13.3% of all people killed in auto accidents.

Biker deaths by age group

In the five years from 2014 through 2018, motorcyclists between 50 and 59 represented the group with the greatest number of fatalities, followed closely by riders aged 60 and older. In that time, 36 bikers in their 50s and 32 riders 60 and older were killed across West Virginia. In the same five years, 27 riders in their 40s and 27 riders in their 20s died. A total of 18 bikers in their 30s lost their lives in that span.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to let people in West Virginia understand the true number of motorcyclists killed in vehicular accidents every year.