According to Virginia law, all motorcycle riders must wear helmets. Two motorcyclists unfortunately did not obey that law when one died and the other suffered serious injuries last month in Middletown. According to the Winchester Star, the motorcycle accident happened when the driver and her passenger crashed their motorcycle into a utility pole around 4:15 p.m.
The 38-year-old victim was operating the 2007 Suzuki when it veered off the road into the pole. Emergency responders rushed her to Warren Memorial Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries about one half hour later. A 28-year-old man was a passenger on the motorcycle and rescue workers transported him to Inova Fairfax Hospital by helicopter. Doctors said the man is in critical condition.
A Virginia State Trooper said neither rider was wearing a helmet at the time of the motorcycle crash. Authorities have not yet filed charges in connection with the accident. An investigation is ongoing.
Mandatory helmet laws save lives and reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury in the event of an accident. Motorcycle riders expose themselves to the elements and direct contact with the road. Regulation protective gear is crucial when riding a motorcycle.
Approved by attorney Peter DePaolis