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Troopers Concerned About Motorcycle Accidents

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Washington State Troopers said eight people have died in 2007 riding motorcycles on state roads.

Troopers are reportedly concerned about the high number and said it is too early in the season for there to be so many deadly accidents.

There was a serious motorcycle accident Monday afternoon after a man reportedly lost control while taking an exit ramp off of Highway 14.

Authorities said he was going too fast and lost control around the curve.  Washington State Trooper Jason Davis said speed is often a factor in many motorcycle accidents.

Davis said, "When I go to a motorcycle accident.  I hope they are still alive."  He said they get the majority of deadly accidents in the summer when the weather is warm and more riders are on the road.

Recent statistics showed that in 2006 82 people died on motorcycles in Washington.  Troopers said motorcycles have become increasingly popular especially since the price of gas has gone up.