Motorcycle Safety: Manassas Police Officer on Motorcycle Hit by CarAuthor: Portner & Shure
Yesterday morning, a driver was attempting to make a U-turn on Hastings Drive but instead hit a police officer who was on a motorcycle. Fortunately, the police officer was not seriously injured and neither was the driver. However, the driver was charged with reckless driving as a result.
Manassas is an independent city in Northern Virginia and surrounded by Prince William County. Motorcycle crashes in Virginia are very common, especially in the highly-populated Northern Virginia area. According to recent statistics from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Prince William County in the last few years has consistently had at least 100 motorcycle accidents each year. However, Manassas itself has fared much better with only about 10 motorcycle crashes each year. Motorcycle accidents are one of the most dangerous types of accidents because motorcyclists lack the same protection as cars and trucks. Motorcycles do not have airbags, windshields or seatbelts to protect the riders in an accident. After a motorcycle accident has occurred, it is important for you, as the rider, to protect your personal safety in order to ensure your best chance of getting the compensation you deserve.
The police officer in this crash is lucky that he was not more seriously injured. Remember to always wear the proper protective gear when riding a motorcycle. Just wearing a helmet, which is required by law in Virginia, can significantly reduce the risk of a serious head injury is involved in an accident.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident caused by the fault or negligence of another person and would like to consult an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney for free, contact us at (855) 954-4141 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations in Manassas or throughout Virginia or visit us online.