Often when motorcyclists are injured on the streets of Hampton Roads, another driver is to blame for the wreck, frequently a driver who is making a turn and fails to notice the motorcycle.
However, on occasions we see motorcyclists driving recklessly or failing to take adequate precautions, posing a danger to themselves and other road users.
This appears to have been the case in Hampton over the weekend when a dirt bike crash left one rider in a critical condition Friday night.
The crash happened at Bell Street and Shell Road, just after 8:30 p.m. and involved three vehicles, according to Hampton police.
Crime scene Investigators said two dirt bikes were heading down Shell Road without headlights. The accident report said both bikes hit a Dodge Caliber that was making a left turn into Roy’s Quick Service II convenience store.
WAVY.com reported that one of the dirt bike riders sped away from the accident scene. The other motorcyclist was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The 29-year-old dirt bike rider was later reported to be in a stable condition.
WAVY reported that both dirt bike riders face “multiple traffic violations.” They include riding without helmets, reckless driving, operating a dirt bike on a city street, no headlights, no insurance, failure to register vehicle, and failure to inspect a vehicle.
Police are continuing to investigate the case of this accident. The driver of the Dodge remained at the scene and was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.
As an experienced Hampton motorcycle injury lawyer, I’m well aware of the dangers of riding a motorcycle. If you get on a bike without a helmet and fail to take basic precautions such as riding with your lights on in the dark, you will be a serious danger to yourselves and to others.
It’s mandatory to wear a helmet in Virginia. Advocates for Highways and Auto Safety stat the “number of motorcycle crash fatalities has more than doubled since a low of 2,116 motorcycle crash deaths in 1997. All-rider helmet laws increase motorcycle helmet use, decrease deaths and injuries and save taxpayer dollars.”
According to 2011 figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,612 motorcyclists were killed, and 81,000 suffered injuries on our nation’s roads three years ago. NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,617 motorcyclists in 2011, and the lives of 703 more riders could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.
If you have been hurt on a motorcycle due to the actions of another driver, call us at (757) 455-0077 or see CooperHurley.com. See our resources on motorcycle accidents in Virginia.