No Charges for Driver Who Struck Cyclist
A cyclist in Hampton was injured this week when they were struck by a car at an intersection. The August 13, 2018 collision occurred at the intersection of West Mercury Blvd. and North Armistead Avenue. An investigation into the wreck found that the driver was stopped at the intersection at a red light just before the collision. When the light turned green, the driver accelerated into the path of the cyclist. Though the cyclist suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash, the driver involved will not face charges. Because the car had the right of way, the cyclist should never have entered the intersection at the time of the green light.
Different Vehicles, Same Rules
When we think of the rules of the road, we think back to our time in driver’s ed. Cyclists, however, are required to follow the same rules as motorists. Many don’t realize that when they ride among cars, trucks and SUVs, they are subjected to the same laws that the other vehicles are. When it comes to determining fault in an accident, traffic violations are taken into consideration. Because the cyclist did not have the right of way, they should never have entered the intersection when they did.
Cyclists and motorists alike can do their part to prevent accidents like this one from occurring in the future. Stay alert to changing traffic patterns and always be on the lookout for smaller vehicles like bicycles and motorcycles. Cyclists can protect themselves by following traffic laws and ensuring their presence is known by wearing bright colors and using lights on their bikes.
Virginia Bicycle Accident Lawyer
The Norfolk personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has helped victims of accidents for over 29 years. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you have legal rights. If you’d like to discuss your situation, contact us to setup a free consultation 877-544-5323.