By John Cooper, Virginia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
May is National Motorcycle Safety Month and two serious accidents in Virginia have again illustrated the dangers faced by motorcyclists.
The Fairfax Times reported Fairfax County Police, Virginia State troopers and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VDOT) are urging drivers of motorcycles and cars and trucks to be careful after two recent crashes that resulted in life-threatening injuries for one motorcyclist, and the death of another.
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On April 30 at 4:33 a.m., police attended a fatal hit-and-run accident in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 at the 165 mile marker in Fairfax County.
As the motorcycle went onto the left shoulder, Halpin ended up in the center northbound lane where he was fatally struck by a tractor-trailer that failed to stop at the accident scene in Fairfax, VA.
A day later the same interstate saw another serious early morning crash involving a motorcyclist. At 5:45 a.m., Geller said northbound traffic on I-95 had stopped just south of Exit 148 near Quantico, VA when a Chrysler station wagon failed to slow down and rear-ended a 2012 Honda that was stopped for traffic. The driver of a 2009 Harley-Davidson then drove into the back of the Chrysler station wagon.
“The impact of that crash caused the motorcycle to slide into another northbound travel lane. Meanwhile the motorcyclist was thrown from the motorcycle in the opposite direction and collided with a northbound tractor trailer,” reported the Fairfax Times.
The male rider of the Harley was treated for life-threatening injuries.
In Fairfax and elsewhere in Virginia, motorcycle safety will be highlighted this month.
Police are encouraging motorcycle riders to seek correct certified training to be as safe as possible on the interstates and highways of the Commonwealth.
“DMV statistics indicate that most motorcycle crashes in Virginia are caused by riders failing to maintain proper control of their motorcycle,” said John Saunders, director of highway safety for the DMV.
“While those who seek to obtain a motorcycle license in Virginia are not required to take our Basic Rider Course, we highly encourage it,” Saunders said. “Learning to ride a motorcycle the right way the first time is invaluable, along with wearing the appropriate riding gear and obeying the rules of the road along with other vehicles.”
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