Motorcyclist is Killed in Wreck With Ambulance in Newport News

Another motorcyclist lost his life in Hampton Roads this week in a collision with a private ambulance that pulled out from a gas station, according to reports.

The crash occurred near Industrial Drive in Newport News, about a mile south of Fort Eustis Boulevard. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at 9:52 p.m. on Wednesday police said. My thoughts are with the family of the rider.

Police reports stated the private medical ambulance was pulling out of a gas station when the motorcyclist, who was traveling northbound on Jefferson, struck it. Nobody in the ambulance was hurt.

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It’s not clear which driver was at fault in this accident. Although the motorcyclist hit the ambulance, we see many cases in which the drivers of larger vehicles fail to see motorcyclists and pull out in front of them, giving them no time to avoid a crash.

Typically, these cars or trucks are making left turns at intersections but could also be pulling out from parking lots or side streets.

In our frequently asked questions about motorcycle accidents in Virginia, we state other vehicles are the most significant cause of serious accidents for riders.

Motorcyclists face far more dangers than most other road users. While wrecks at low speeds may be mere fender benders in cars, they can throw a rider off his or her bike and lead to serious and potentially life-threatening injuries such as head injuries.

If you are pulling out onto a busy road, always look out for motorcyclists as well as other cars and trucks.

Last week, I wrote about the crash between a Jeep and a motorcyclist that claimed the life of a rider at Ballentine Boulevard and E. Princess Anne Road in Norfolk.

This appeared to be the classic left-turn scenario.  The driver of the Jeep was trying to turn onto Ballentine northbound when the jeep with the moped. Tragically, the rider lost his life.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers we have decades of experience in representing the families of motorcyclists killed in Virginia in wrongful death cases.

Motorcyclists have rights even though other drivers often fail to respect them. If you have suffered injuries on a motorcycle or a loved one has lost his or her life, please contact our experienced Virginia motorcycle crash attorneys at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.

Jim Hurley



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