When motorcyclists come into contact with larger vehicles such as SUVs and minivans at intersections, the rider will usually come off worst.
I was saddened to read this morning about a fatal crash involving a motorcyclist and a minivan at the intersection of Cedar Road and Eagle Drive in Chesapeake.
WAVY.com reported that when Chesapeake police officers arrived at the accident scene, they discovered an unconscious motorcyclist. He was taken to Chesapeake Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Media reports stated that the female driver of the minivan, was not injured.
The accident remains under investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.
We do not know which party was to blame for this accident or if charges are going to be brought. However, decades of experience as Chesapeake motorcycle injury lawyers has made us aware of the large number of deaths and serious injuries that motorcyclist sustain at intersections in accidents with cars.
Often the driver of a car will be making a left turn and will fail to notice a motorcyclist, with deadly consequences. Motorcyclists can be killed in crashes at a relatively slow rate of speed. They are particularly susceptible to serious head injuries.
On our page about motorcycle crashes in Virginia, we explain the most common serious injuries that riders suffer. They include:
Brain and head injuries— Motorcycle helmets are only about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries in motorcycle accidents.
Internal damage— Injuries to the body’s organs and arteries may prove fatal.
Road rash – When riders suffer serious skin abrasions from their legs trailing on the ground
Spinal cord injuries — Injuries to the spinal cord are serious by their nature and they have the potential to cause paralysis and lead to a loss of employment and the need for lifelong care.
Pulverized bones — If your bones are crushed, you may need bone transplant.
Amputations —Motorcyclists are at a greater risk of amputation than other drivers. Their legs are particularly vulnerable.
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, another driver may have been responsible. We can file a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers for a free consultation at 757.455.0077. See our books page to order What You Need to Know About Motorcycle Accidents in Virginia.