During the summer, more motorcycle enthusiasts are on the roadways due to the warmer temperatures. Virginia drivers need to use extra caution in order to avoid becoming involved in a collision with a motorcycle -- especially when stopping, changing lanes and turning, since it can be more difficult to see a motorcycle or other two-wheeled vehicle. A rider faces a greater risk of being seriously or fatally injured than those in vehicles with four or more wheels.
A recent crash between an SUV and a motorcycle illustrates this point. The SUV attempted to make a left turn, but it made that turn into the path of a motorcycle coming from the opposite direction. The motorcycle collided with the SUV.
The 62-year-old West Virginia man operating the motorcycle was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash. This may be one of the reasons he survived the crash. Unfortunately, however, he did suffer serious injuries for which he was transported to a hospital in the area. His current condition is not known. The investigation is ongoing, and no news of whether charges will be filed in this crash were available as of this report.
The injured motorcycle rider is undoubtedly incurring a significant amount of medical costs in connection with the crash, and he may possibly sustain other damages as well. He does have the right to file a personal injury claim against the driver of the SUV, regardless of whether charges are filed. Successfully proving to the court that the driver caused -- or at least contributed to -- his injuries could result in the court considering an award of damages.
Source: wdbj7.com, "UPDATE: Motorcyclist suffers life-threatening injuries in Peters Creek Road crash", Dan Sweeney, July 17, 2014