Rider Dies in Pungo Motorcycle Crash Involving a Truck
Motorcyclists are a common sight in Virginia Beach on sunny afternoons in the summer and fall. While this is a great time to ride, drivers of larger vehicles continue to have a blind spot about motorcyclists. Yesterday, a rider died in a Pungo motorcycle crash involving a truck.
A report on WAVY.com noted a motorcyclist was involved in a wreck with a TFC Recycling truck at the intersection of Princess Anne and Fitztown roads at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. The rider died at the intersection. Our thoughts are with the family of the motorcyclist at this tragic time.
The rural roads of Pungo on the southern fringes of Virginia Beach are popular with motorcyclists. They can escape the congested roads of the city. However, there are many curves and the drivers of other vehicles often fail to see riders.
Virginia Beach Police have not released the details of the accident. Media reports stated no charges were filed as of Wednesday morning.
Intersections are particularly dangerous places for motorcyclists. Often cars, vans, and trucks fail to see them when the drivers are making a left turn. There has been no indication that a left turn was involved in the Pungo motorcycle crash. However, intersection accidents typically occur when a motorist is turning. This can be particularly hazardous on rural intersections with no traffic lights.
Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable of road users. They lack the steel frame of a larger vehicle to protect them from injuries during a crash. The fatality rate for motorcyclists involved in wrecks is about six times that of other motorists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we have represented numerous motorcyclists who were hurt in wrecks and the families of deceased riders. We seek to educate drivers about how they can drive defensively and look out for motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. It is an uphill task.
Deadly Pungo Motorcycle Crash Highlights the Dangers Faced by Riders
The number of motorcyclist deaths spiked in 2017 in Virginia. We have also seen a spate of rider deaths in Virginia Beach this year.
According to figures compiled by the Virginia Highway Safety Office, 107 motorcyclists lost their lives in 2017. Of these, 102 were drivers and five were passengers. There were 1,796 injuries to motorcyclists across the state.
Last year’s figure represented a 48.6 percent spike in motorcyclist deaths compared to 2016 and a 10 percent increase in injuries. Virginia recorded 2,119 motorcycle crashes in 2017, a 40 percent increase on 2016.
It’s not clear why more riders are dying on the highways of Virginia. One theory is that more bikers from the ‘baby boomer’ population are buying high-powered bikes like Harleys. When older riders are hurt in motorcycle accidents, they are less likely to survive their injuries.
We are also alarmed at how many drivers continue to have a blind spot when it comes to riders. Often they are so preoccupied with making a turn at an intersection that they fail to see motorcyclists altogether. In some cases, drivers see motorcyclists but fail to gauge the speed of the bike and continue to make their turn. It can be impossible for a rider to take evasive action to avoid the driver making a turn.
Contact a Virginia Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we represent injured motorcyclists and the families of loved ones who lost their lives in wrecks due to the fault of another driver. Our Virginia Beach motorcycle accident attorneys have a client meeting location near Town Center and can come to you. Please call us today for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.