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Virginia motorcyclist hospitalized after crash

Virginia drivers know that being alert to conditions and other motorists is essential to safety while driving. Unfortunately, however, many drivers of cars and trucks aren't alert to motorcyclists. This can yield to issues such as failure to yield. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducts annual campaigns to remind drivers that motorcyclists are motor vehicle operators too. Those who drive motorcycles should be afforded the same rights and privileges as those driving in cars or trucks.

For one Virginia motorcyclist, a collision with a vehicle caused serious injuries. According to authorities, the accident occurred around 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15. A police sergeant states that a motorcycle was traveling along Route 460 in Isle of Wight County when another vehicle pulled out in front of the motorcycle. A helicopter flew the driver of the motorcycle to an area hospital. Troopers did not immediately release any additional information to the public about the crash.

If investigators deem that the other vehicle was responsible for the accident, the motorcyclist may have a basis for a personal injury claim. Depending on the extent of his injuries, the motorcycle driver may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The other driver could be found negligent if investigators deem that the motorcycle was visible and traveling at the correct rate of speed. Even if the motorcyclist was not following all traffic laws to the letter, negligence or improper action on the part of the other driver could result in the possibility of a claim.

Source: Daily Press, "State Police: Motorcycle driver airlifted to hospital following Isle of Wight crash" Andrea Castillo, Jan. 15, 2014

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