A collision between a car and a motorcycle in Virginia Beach sent the motorcycle rider to the hospital with critical injuries and is going to bring charges against the driver. The crash , at the intersection of Ferrell Parkway and Pleasant Valley Road happened shortly before 5 pm on May 10, 2017.
Quoting a police press release, WAVY-TV 10 described the nearly fatal wreck this way: “A 2014 Volkswagen Jetta was attempting to make a turn onto Ferrell Parkway when it went into the path of a motorcycle going east on Ferrell toward Pleasant Valley Road.”
That description would fit a large number of crashes that leave motorcyclist severely injured or dead. In materials prepared by the National Highway Transportation Administration for the May observance of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the agency includes a section titled “Share the Road” that states, “Safe riding practices and cooperation from all road users will help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways. But it’s especially important for motorists to understand the safety challenges faced by motorcyclists such as size and visibility… . By raising motorists’ awareness, both drivers and riders will be safer sharing the road.”
When drivers in cars, trucks and SUVs fail to look out for motorcycles and violate riders’ rights of way by turning in front of them, motorcyclists have little protection against life-threatening head, brain and body injuries. Emphasizing this tragic reality, the Federal Highway Administration notes on its webpage dedicated to motorcycle safety that “in 2012, motorcycles made up 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States and accounted for only 0.7 percent of all vehicle miles traveled. Yet motorcyclist fatalities accounted for 15 percent of total vehicle related fatalities.”
News reports do not include details on what charges the police intend to file against the driver of the car involved in this Virginia Beach crash. Regardless, the findings from their completed investigation can be used to support a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. No conviction for a moving violation or criminal offense is needed, but evidence of negligence or recklessness by the driver will make the injured motorcycle rider’s claims for compensation and damages stronger. Working with an experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer will help the injured motorcyclist get full access to the police report.