There are many different reasons that a person may choose to ride a motorcycle. Some people prefer motorcycles because they tend to be more fuel efficient than traditional vehicles such as passenger cars. Other people enjoy the feeling of freedom that accompanies biking, with the wind in your hair and face. Whatever the reason people may have for opting to ride a motorcycle, one significant factor that must be weighed is the increased risk of personal injury.
Less Protection, More Risk
Simply put, motorcyclists are far more likely to suffer a serious injury or death in the event of an accident, even if they were not at fault. A recent motorcycle accident in Virginia illustrated this point all too grimly. The accident occurred in the evening when the driver of a Hyundai Elantra attempted to change lanes and struck the guardrail after coming off the road. He then swerved back into the road, at which point his vehicle collided with a young woman on a motorcycle.
Though the motorcyclist was rushed to a nearby medical center, she died as a result of the accident. The Elantra's driver was charged with reckless driving, and police are investigating whether or not weather played a significant part in the accident.
It is possible that there was reduced visibility on the night of the accident, but that is all the more reason that a driver should be exercising extreme caution, especially with the possibility of sharing the road with motorcyclists. As a result of this accident, the motorcyclist was killed, and the other driver was not even injured. This is why motorcyclists must take special care on the road, as they are so much more vulnerable to injury.
Northern Virginia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a Virginia motorcycle accident, consider meeting with an attorney to discuss your legal options. Contact the Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys at Kearney, Freeman, Fogarty & Joshi, PLLC to schedule a free consultation.