Two scooter accidents occurred in Norfolk, Virginia, one of them a hit-and-run accident, according to wtkr.com. The first accident happened on Brambleton Avenue, with the scooter operator allegedly running into a car while attempting to turn onto Reservoir Avenue; the cyclist was taken to a nearby hospital. The second accident occurred on Tenth Bay Street, near the intersection of East Ocean Avenue; the driver and passenger of a motor scooter were struck by a silver car, which proceeded to speed off. The two victims of the hit-and-run were reported to be brothers; they, too, were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of their injuries.
The perpetrator of a hit-and-run vehicle accident has been involved in a serious crime. Virginia law regarding hit-and-run accidents mandates that the driver(s) of vehicles involved in crashes must stop at the scene; the statute is rightfully called “Duty of driver to stop,” as motorists have a strict responsibility to attend to accidents which they have caused or in which they have been involved. A convicted hit-and-run driver is guilty of a Class 5 felony if the accident results in death, injury or more than $1000 in property damage, while less than $1000 of property damage results in a Class 1 felony.
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle or motorbike accident, our deepest sympathies are with you—we know how devastating they can be, in particular because motorcycle accidents can be so much more injurious to the cyclist than “normal” car accidents, due to the absence of airbags or safety belts. You should consider speaking to a personal injury lawyer if you’ve suffered injuries due to such an accident; injury attorneys can help you recover damages due to medical bills, lost wages, and other factors.
Our attorneys have written an article highlighting the causes of one of the most dangerous types of accidents: those between motorcycles and tractor-trailers. You can follow the link to read it. It’s important for all motorists to be aware of other drivers, but because cyclists are particularly vulnerable, motorists should be particularly aware of them.