Death of 17-year-old in Reston, Virginia Highlights the Dangers of Minibikes
A recent accident in Virginia has highlighted the hazards of riding a kind of motorcycle that is becoming increasingly popular on our roads.
It is the minibike and if you thought motorcyclists lacked protection the problems are even more serious if you are on one of these tiny vehicles.
Late last month in northern Virginia an SUV hit a minibike so hard that it exploded into pieces that caught fire. The 17-year-old rider had little chance and was killed at the scene.
The accident in Reston, Virginia involved a minibike, a vehicle that police say is dangerous and should be kept off the roads, reported the Washington Post.
The bikes are known as “pit bikes,” minibikes and pocket bikes. They fall under what Virginia law calls “motor-driven cycles” — bikes with a low seat height (less than 24 inches). They may have no license plate but have an engine that’s powerful for the size of vehicle.
“The bike is in a class of two-wheel vehicles that have become more popular in recent years but continue to vex public safety officials, who say they are often misused,” reported the Post.
The kind of motorcycle that the 17-year-old was driving are “more or less a toy,” according to Joseph Moore, an officer with the Fairfax County police. It’s illegal to drive them on any public road in the state.
This terrible accident illustrates the dangers of minibikes. I would urge all young people to think twice before getting on one and never to ride them on a public road.
If you have been hurt due to the actions of another person on the roads of Virginia call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com.
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