NOVA is well known for m/c deaths. It can be anything from the riders fault, another vehicles fault to some really strange accident. That place is wreck city, and I am not only talking about bikes, but cars too. The vehicle density there is crazy.
Here, I give an example that may have nothing to do with what you are talking about, but it is wild. Last thursday I drove to Alexandria, VA.... I got stuck in traffic for about an hour to what I finally saw was a 6 car pile up accident. That sucked. So friday morning I get up because I have a job interview in Greenbelt, MD. I drive from Alexandria, VA to Greenbelt, MD (20 miles). I saw about 3 accidents, one including a bus hitting an SUV and a car and shutting down 3 lanes. Sucks to be them. How can that many people wreck on their way to work or wherever?
I have known a few people who have wrecked their bikes in that area. Have heard dozens of death stories from other riders. Hell, we were sitting at dinner one night last year in VA, and my girls uncle and aunt walked in and told us about a m/c accident they had just drove by where the rider had some scattered body parts on the road and was completely naked from hitting a pole. Bike was in a million pieces. They were pretty shaken up because the accident scene was fresh and the cops weren't there yet. BLEH, that's terrible! I wouldn't want to see that.
These stories are nuts and would scare anyone, including myself, from riding a motorcycle. I just love it too much to give up and would be lost without it. I just try to keep a pretty good head on now that I am a little more mature.