As an experienced Suffolk motorcycle injury lawyer I see many cases in which motorcyclists are killed even at low speeds due to a mistake by another driver.
I was saddened to read about an accident over the weekend in which Suffolk Police and Suffolk Fire and Rescue responded to a head-on collision between a motorcyclist and a GMC pickup truck.
When two such unequally matched vehicles collide the motorcyclist will almost invariably come off worst and that proved to be the case during Saturday’s crash at 1:48 p.m. in the 5500 block of Godwin Boulevard at the intersection of Everets Road.
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WAVY.com reported on how the rider 60-year-old Danny Clay Tackett of Seaford, was with a group of other motorcyclists when the wreck occurred. Mr. Tackett was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and later died of his injuries sustained in the crash. My thoughts are with the family of the deceased rider at this traumatic time.
The truck driver was not injured in the accident. It’s not clear from the media reports which party was to blame for this crash and no details of charges have been provided. The incident is still under investigation. If a loved one is killed on a motorcycle, you may have grounds to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the insurance policy of the other driver. We never like to think of death in financial terms, but losing a loved one can cause considerable financial hardship.
At Cooper Hurley we fight for the rights of motorcyclists who are frequently the innocent victims of crashes caused by the carelessness of another driver. As a rider, you can never fully protect yourself against the actions of other drivers, but there are important safety precautions you can take that will lessen your odds of becoming a statistic. Always wear a helmet. It’s the law in Virginia. See these additional safety tips from our Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers Call Cooper Hurley at 757.455.0077.