A collision between a car and a motorcycle at the intersection of Elizabeth Avenue and N. Military Highway in Norfolk, Virginia (VA), on the afternoon of December 19, 2014, left the motorcyclist critically injured. According to television station WVEC, police determined that the driver of the larger vehicle caused the wreck by turning into the path of the two-wheeler. News reports did not indicate whether charges related to failure to yield or other violations of traffic laws would be filed.
The motorcycle was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with serious, but unspecified, injuries. Broken bones, lacerations and traumatic brain injuries often result when a car or truck strikes a motorcycle, even when the biker wears a helmet or other protective clothing such as boots and a heavy jacket. The best protection motorcyclists have gets afforded by the attention, patience and caution of other drivers.
Taking the extra second to look for an approaching motorcycle seems almost too simple to mention. Still, since the defendant in almost every case involving an injured motorcycle rider my Virginia Beach-based personal injury law firm colleagues and I have ever handled has said "I never even saw them," the reminder to watch for smaller vehicles bears endless repetition. We hope it sinks in this time to spare yet more bikers the necessity of recovering from injuries incurred in easily preventable crashes.