Motorcyclists often aren’t treated fairly on the road, despite having the same protections afforded them under the law as people driving cars. In large part due to their relatively small size, motorcycles are often overlooked or disrespected when it comes to other motorists. For example, drivers of larger vehicles may not see a motorcycle as it changes lanes, or they may try to bully a motorcyclist who has the right of way during a merge.
A teenager from Reston, Virginia was killed in a motorcycle accident last week. Fairfax County police stated that the teenager was driving his minibike on Reston Parkway when the biker was struck by an Acura as he tried to turn left. Police claimed that neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the accident, and that charges will likely not be filed. The boy was taken to the hospital after the accident, but died due to his injuries days later.
Fairfax County police pointed out that minibikes like the one the teen rode are not legal on highways. This means that the teenager allegedly broke the law by riding the bike on a public highway, most likely the main reason that police do not expect charges to be filed against the car’s driver. The teen’s surviving family members also will have a hard time with a wrongful death suit in favor of an individual who was operating an illegal vehicle.
Injured In A Motorcycle Accident? Contact KFFJ
Motorcycle accidents are extremely dangerous for the motorcyclist, as the motorcycle rider will almost always suffer more injuries than other drivers. Monetary compensation can help cover medical expenses and lost wages due to injury, but only if the motorcyclist is able to take advantage of the protections afforded by the law. You can’t plan for an accident, but you can make sure that you are obeying the law to ensure that you are protected if an accident happens. A Virginia motorcycle attorney may be able to provide valuable insight into how and when to proceed.