By Jim Lewis, Virginia Injury Attorney
A Virginia State Highway Patrol officer has been injured in an accident early Friday morning in Prince William County. The accident left Trooper R.D. Best, with serious injuries that required hospitalization.
According to a police report, Officer Best was heading north along Route 234 a little before 10 a.m. when a Nissan Altima pulled directly into the path of his motorcycle. Best then crashed into the front end of the Nissan and was thrown from his motorcycle. Police say the driver of the Nissan, William B. Hash, 86, has since been charged with failure to yield the right of way.
Given that the accident involved a car and a motorcycle it’s amazing that the officer’s injuries were not worse. When a motorcycle is involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle it seldom ends well given the huge disparity in size and weight. Most motorcycles are no match for heavy passenger cars and even the best safety gear does little to protect incredibly vulnerable motorcyclists from the brunt of an impact with another vehicle.
Recent data from the federal government indicates that the motorcycle fatality rate is poised to hit and all-time high this year, with an estimated 5,000 motorcycle deaths on the nation’s roadways. Given the increase in fatal motorcycle collisions, those in passenger vehicles need to take extra time and lookout for nearby motorcyclists. Extra caution should be used whenever you come upon a motorcyclist. Never follow too closely or try and cut off a bike rider as this might lead to a deadly collision.
If your or a loved one has been seriously injured in a Virginia (VA) motorcycle accident or in a motorcycle accident in a neighboring state, and you want to learn more about your legal rights and possible options for pursing a claim against the responsible party, read through my firm’s car accident injury guide, which provides some important information about such claims.
If you were recently injured in a Virginia car, motorcycle or truck accident and are not sure how to move forward, it might be helpful to check out my firm’s answers to some frequently asked questions regarding car accident claims. For instance, you may be wondering what types of damages an injured person can recover or how you can go about calculating and recovering money for lost wages. For these answers and more, read my firm’s Virginian car accident FAQs.
Here’s a Google Map showing the location of the traffic accident: