By Kevin Duffan, Virginia (VA) Injury Attorney
A chain-reaction motorcycle accident led to serious injuries being suffered by four riders out for a drive over the Memorial Day weekend. The accident took place in Northern Virginia on I-66 in Fairfax County. The four men injured were: David Morris, Earl Leonard, Steve Thompson and Jamie Fireline.
According to the Virginia State Police, the accident began a little after 2 p.m. when one of the drivers lost control of his Honda FLU. The accident happened in a work zone, but troopers say there was no construction at the time of the collision. Two other motorcycles were unable to stop and ended up rear-ending the first motorcycle. A fourth motorcycle attempted to avoid the collision and ended up running off the left side of I-66, ultimately striking a guardrail.
Thankfully, the four men were all wearing helmets at the time of the accident. Police say because of the helmets, the men suffered much less severe injuries than would normally be expected.
According to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control, between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed on the nation’s roadways. During that same time an estimated 1.2 million others were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal motorcycle-related injuries.
In Virginia, the most commonly seen injuries to motorcyclists involve those to impacting the head. Traumatic brain injuries and concussions are all too common, even in those who wear helmets. As the recent accident indicates, wearing a helmet dramatically improves a rider’s odds of surviving. In fact, studies show that if a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet at the time of a collision that rider’s risk of death is reduced by 37 percent.
If you’ve been injured in a Virginia motorcycle accident caused by another driver, it’s important that you turn to experienced attorneys who know how to handle your case. In one case, my firm was able to secure a $450,000 award for a client who was injured in an accident while riding his Harley to a nearby convenience store.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a Virginia (VA) motorcycle accident 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. Additionally, if you were recently injured in a Virginia car, motorcycle or truck accident and are not sure what steps to take first, it might be helpful to check out my firm’s answers to some frequently asked questions regarding accident claims.
Here’s a Google Map showing the location of the chain reaction motorcycle crash: