New Rider Alert Program Helps Virginia Motorcyclists Involved in Accidents | Richmond VA Motorcycle crash lawyer
According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2009 there were a total of 2,115 motorcycle crashes in the whole state. Of those crashes, 1,938 resulted in injuries.
With May being Motorcycle Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to launch a new program to help motorcycle riders and drivers in case of an accident.
The Goochland Gazette reported that the Rider Alert program began last month, which was created by the Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) and Bon Secours Virginia Health System, in partnership with Motorcycle Virginia, Inc.
The program consists of a Rider Alert Card that is inserted a motorcyclist’s helmet along with a decal on the outside that reads, “DO NOT REMOVE HELMET.” This warns bystanders not to take off the cyclist’s helmet in the event of an accident. It also alerts people that the cyclist’s critical information such as medical information and emergency contact information can be found inside the helmet.
The idea for the Rider Alert program actually came from the United Kingdom where it’s called the CRASH Card program. 325,000 CRASH Cards have been given to cyclists in Europe. In Virginia about 15,000 cards have already been distributed to riders since the program began. The cards are available via the Rider Alert website at: http://www.RiderAlert.org.
If you are a motorcycle rider and have been involved in an accident with another driver, it’s important to consult with a Richmond, VA motorcycle crash lawyer who can help make sure your legal rights are protected.
via Fatal Reminder.
There was a spike in Virginia motorcycle accidents in 2007 and the rate has declined since then.
But last Sunday, a Midlothian, Virginia man was one of two motorcycle riders killed when their identical 2005 Harley Davidson bikes had a head on collision on June 28, 2009 on U.S. Route 250 in Augusta County, Virginia state police said.
Michael K. Neve, 51, of Midlothian, Virginia died at the scene around 12:30 p.m. The second motorcyclist, Delbert W. Redman, 53, of Troy, died around 1 p.m., state police said.
State police said Mr. Neve was riding a motorcycle east on U.S. Route 250 when he crossed the center line and collided with Mr. Redman’s motorcycle, traveling west, about eight-tenths of a mile west of state Route 629. Both men were wearing helmets.
This is the same stretch of winding rural road where there was another accident last month.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to get the Virginia Accident Injury Book.
There have been several recent deaths of motorcyclists in the Richmond area recently.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch writes about the first one:Manchester Bridge crash victim identified .
Joseph Greene of Richmond, and Jorge J. Diaz Jr. of Chesterfield County, have each been charged with misdemeanor reckless driving by engaging in a race between two or more motor vehicles on a highway that resulted in the death of Bradley James Ferguson, 21, of Glen Allen, who died around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday after his motorcycle crashed on Manchester Bridge.
Two days later on April 9. a motorcycle crash claimed the lives of Robert C. Jones, 46, and his 44-year-old wife Elizabeth when the 2009 Yamaha motorcycle he was driving crashed on Cold Harbor Road in Mechanicsville around 7:45 p.m.
It seems that Mr. Jones lost control of the motorcycle and it ran off the right side of the road and then struck a mailbox, wooden fence and a tree.
Elizabeth Jones was pronounced dead at the scene and Robert Jones was transported to VCU Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
“We ask the community to keep the family and friends of the Jones’ in their thoughts and prayers as they try to cope with the untimely loss of their loved ones,“ said Col. V. Stuart Cook, sheriff.
These accidents are tragic and show how easy it is to suffer personal injury from riding a motorcycle, weather it is from somebody else’s recklessness or through a tragic driving error, there is little to protect a motorcycle rider in the event of an accident.