218 motorcycle crashes in D.C.
With tens of thousands of motorcyclists expected in the District this weekend for the annual Rolling Thunder tribute to veterans, Allstate insurance company issued a study that showed that there were 218 crashes in the city involving motorcycles in 2008, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Eight of them resulted in a fatality, and more than 90 percent happened at intersections. The most dangerous intersections, each with three crashes, were Bladensburg Road at New York Avenue, and the eastbound exit of the Southeast Freeway at Barney Circle.
According to a recent report, motorcycle deaths have dropped recently after rising for almost a dozen years to record levels.
-- Ashley Halsey III
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