Accidents Involving a Motorcyclist and a Pedestrian in Virginia Beach Cause Injuries, Road Closures
Two accidents in Virginia Beach on Monday morning caused a number of injuries and traffic chaos.
Police said injuries were reported in an accident involving a motorcycle and two other vehicles in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 264 near Newtown Road.
State Police said a few injuries were reported in this wreck that closed two lanes on the interstate for nearly an hour. All lanes were reopened later on Monday morning.
In an unrelated accident, a pedestrian was taken to a local hospital after being hit by a car late Monday morning in an accident that shut down part of Virginia Beach Boulevard.
The Virginian-Pilot reported the accident occurred in the 4,000 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard. A female pedestrian suffered injuries that were initially described as life-threatening, but her condition was subsequently updated by police who said her injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.
The westbound lanes of Virginia Beach Boulevard were closed down between Stepney Lane and Kentucky Road while police looked into the causes of the accident.
Pedestrians and motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable of road users in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake.
Every year, hundreds of Virginia pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists are hurt by drivers and motorists who fail to yield the right of way or fail to notice them on the highway.
If you are riding a motorcycle, there are some things you can do to help protect yourself. As well as wearing helmets on your motorcycle, you should wear protective clothing, particularly at this time of year when the weather makes for more dangerous driving, but all year round. Protective clothing you should wear when riding a motorcycle includes:
- Protective gloves
- Leather chaps or pants
- Full face shields
- Leather jackets
- Motorcycle boots
You should also engage in defensive driving techniques for motorcyclists. Taking these kinds of steps and never assuming other drivers will follow the rules of the road, can help you avoid an accident. Most motorcycle accidents are caused by the drivers of other vehicles. This means that no matter how protected you are or how safely you drive, there is still no guarantee that you won’t become the victim of another driver’s negligence.
If you have been hurt on a motorcycle, or if you have been hit while crossing the road in Virginia, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 for a free consultation.