Roanoke Motorcycle Accident Prompts Safety Concern Among Local Riders

by Staff Blogger | July 24th, 2014

The risk of being involved in a collision with an automobile is a serious concern for motorcyclists in Virginia. This is especially true when passing cars and trucks at intersections in the road. A study called The Hurt Report found that drivers who fail to recognize or yield the right-of-way to a passing motorcycle cause a majority of motorcycle accidents.

This statistic hit home recently after a Roanoke motorcycle accident last Thursday left one motorcyclist seriously injured. Reports indicate the collision happened at around 4 p.m. on July 17 on Peters Creek Road near Northside High School.

An article from WDBJ 7 News explains the driver of an SUV attempted to turn left onto the roadway from the school, but failed to see an oncoming motorcycle. The motorcyclist did not have time to stop and collided with the SUV. The motorcyclist is continuing to recover from injuries sustained in the crash.

Accidents like this leave many motorcyclists wondering what they can do to stay safe on the road. The Roanoke personal injury attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm say two actions that can help keep bikers safe on the road.

Riders should assume other motorists do not them and always be prepared to stop. They should be aware of their surroundings and thinking of how they can avoid possible collisions when approaching other vehicles. Secondly, bikers should get training on proper riding and crash avoidance techniques at a motorcycle safety course.

The firm is hopeful these tips will help keep you safe on the road this summer.