A collision between a minivan and a moped in downtown Norfolk, Virginia (VA), sent the scooter rider to the hospital with injuries. The crash occurred shortly before 7 am on April 8, 2015, at the intersection of 11th Street and Monticello Avenue.
Details on exactly how the wreck happened were not reported, but police did charge the person behind the wheel of the minivan with failure to yield right of way to the moped rider. Eyewitness accounts appear to have aided law enforcement officials in making the determination of which vehicle's operator was at fault. Television station WVEC also quoted one person who saw the accident as saying that the van driver initially fled the scene but was pursued by a Good Samaritan who convinced the at-fault driver to return to speak with police.
While my Virginia Beach-based personal injury law firm colleagues and I cannot advise people to chase down fellow motorists they suspect of causing property damage and injuries, we applaud the bystanders for their willingness to assist investigators following the wreck in Norfolk. Hit-and-run collisions leave people victimized twice, dealing with physical and financial hardships inflicted by someone else who refused to accept responsibility and make compensation.
The Norfolk crash also highlights the need for drivers in cars, trucks, SUVs and vans to watch for motorcyclists and moped riders. Small, two-wheeled vehicles can be difficult to see, especially before sunrise and in areas where every block is cut by entrances to garages, parking lots and alleys. The best protection a person on a bike or scooter has is an attentive driver.