A man is in critical condition after his motorcycle collided with a car in Norfolk on Saturday. According to the Virginian-Pilot, the accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of Lafayette Blvd. The motorcyclist was driving westbound when he was hit by a Honda Civic making a left turn onto Marne Ave. from the eastbound lane.
The motorcyclist was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. A Norfolk Police Department spokesperson said the driver of the Honda was not injured. She also said the Honda driver’s license was revoked, for which he was cited. Police also cited him for failing to yield.
My thoughts and prayers are with this man’s family. His condition is critical, and all his family can do is wait, pray, and lean on each other for strength. He will need as much support as they can give in the crucial days after the accident.
It is one of the most basic rules of the road: a vehicle must yield to the vehicle with the right-of-way. People seem to be in a perpetual state if either distraction or hurry these days. Whether this driver wasn’t paying attention to the oncoming motorcycle or was in such a hurry he thought he could turn quickly enough to avoid him, the fact remains that he hit a man because he violated a basic traffic law and now the man is fighting for his life.
Motorcyclists are far more vulnerable to major injuries than those inside cars of course, when struck by car operators. Victims of serious motorcycle accidents like this one can face life-altering injuries to their head, spine, and limbs. These injuries can take extensive medical treatment at the time of the accident and for months or years afterward. In the weeks after a crash, most victims and their families just don’t have the energy or patience to deal with an insurance company. Their focus is on recovery, and that’s where it should be. Nevertheless, filing a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company is necessary to receive compensation for a victim’s medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and sometimes permanently decreased earning capability. A Norfolk motorcycle accident attorney can handle the claim process for the victim so healing can remain the top priority.