A collision between a moped and a larger vehicle near downtown Norfolk, Virginia (VA), left the moped rider critically injured. The crash happened at the intersection of Vimy Ridge Avenue and Lafayette Boulevard on the night of September 20, 2016.
The driver of the larger vehicle remained on the scene and attempted to provide first aid. Police did not immediately file any charges. While the nature of the moped rider's injuries were not reported, news outlets noted that the man was receiving lifesaving treatment at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
The investigation into the wreck on Lafayette Boulevard is ongoing, but it seems likely that poor visibility created by nighttime conditions and heavy rain contributed to causing this nearly fatal crash in Norfolk. Drivers in cars, trucks, vans and SUVS often find it difficult to spot motorcycles, bicycles and mopeds. Judging the speed and distance of two-wheelers also presents challenges for many drivers. When additional obstacles like low light and a water-streaked windshield are added to the equation, failing to recognize the approach or presence of a moped can become impossible.
My Virginia personal injury law firm colleagues and I know that regardless of road and weather conditions, drivers never cede their responsibility for operating safely. They must yield right of way when turning or merging, reduce speed when coming up behind slower-moving mopeds or bikes, and make every effort to see other people on the road. Failing to do these things makes a driver negligent, and acting negligently behind the wheel makes a driver liable for settling personal injury insurance claims.