Some motorcyclists believe that the choice about whether or not to wear a helmet should be made by individual riders. However, insurance companies and health care professionals support mandatory helmet laws because the consequences of failing to wear a helmet can be catastrophic. Virginia lawmakers also believe that the cost of medical care and the emotional impact a fatal motorcycle crash can have on the rider's family and other drivers is too great a price to pay.
Motorcycle Fatality Statistics
Virginia motorcycle accidents, injuries, and fatalities continue to be a concern. According to statistics from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles:
- There are approximately 2,000 motorcycle accidents across the Commonwealth each year that are serious enough to be reported to law enforcement.
- Around 100 motorcycle riders are killed in Virginia each year.
- Over 1,500 riders and passengers are seriously injured in motorcycle crashes each year.
It is certain that the universal helmet law prevents these numbers from being even higher.
What to Do If You Are Hurt in a Virginia Motorcycle Accident
If you were riding your motorcycle when you were rear-ended, side-swiped, or run off the road by another driver, you should take the following steps if possible:
- Ensure safety. Move to a safe location if possible and out of the flow of traffic to prevent further harm or accidents.
- Seek medical attention. Assess yourself for injuries and seek medical attention, even if you don't feel immediate pain. Some injuries may not be apparent right away.
- Document the scene. Take photos or videos of the accident scene, including vehicle positions, damage, road conditions, and any relevant details that may support your case.
- Gather information. Exchange contact, insurance, and vehicle details with the other involved party. Also, collect contact information from any witnesses present.
- File a police report. Contact local law enforcement to report the accident and provide an accurate account of what happened.
- Consult with an attorney. Contact a personal injury attorney with experience in motorcycle accidents to understand your rights, evaluate your potential claim, and seek legal representation.
Dulaney, Lauer & Thomas will help you make sure that your rights are protected, and we will fight hard to get you fair and equitable damages for your motorcycle accident injuries.