Rider Dies in Fatal High Street Motorcycle Accident in Portsmouth

It has been a tragic week for motorcyclists on the streets of Hampton Roads. I was saddened to read about the third death in four days of a rider who was reported killed in a High Street motorcycle accident in Portsmouth.

Just like the wreck a few days ago in Suffolk that claimed the lives of two riders, the accident in Portsmouth occurred at an intersection.

Police said the High Street motorcycle accident in Portsmouth involved a car and a motorcycle and took place at the intersection with Jamestown Avenue.

The crash was reported to dispatchers just before 8 a.m. on Thursday. Images from the scene showed a damaged motorcycle lying on the ground.

Few other details were available on the cause of the crash. The accident occurred close to the intersection with 164. Traffic was rerouted at High St/Constitution Ave and at High St/Yorktown Ave around the accident scene.

Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased rider. Far too many motorcyclists lose their lives in intersection accidents. Often these wrecks are the fault of a driver who fails to see a motorcyclist. Two fatal wrecks involving motorcyclists were reported this week. It’s not clear if the other driver was to blame.

High Street Motorcycle Accident in Portsmouth is the Second Fatal Crash in a Week

On Monday, two riders from Gates County were killed in a crash in Suffolk. The rider and passenger were Peter Donald Veillette, 65, and Donna Lee Jones, 52, according to a press release from Suffolk police.

They were involved in a collision with an SUV at the intersection of Old Myrtle Road and Old Mill Road. The riders died at the scene.

Motorcyclists lack the protection of a car’s frame and are extremely vulnerable to life-threatening head injuries. The types of intersection accident that can be classified as a fender bender if two cars are involved, can leave riders with serious injuries or cause a loss of life.

If you or a loved one has been knocked off their motorcycle by a car, the other driver may be to blame. Our Virginia motorcycle accident injury lawyers help dozens of riders every year to make claims for injuries as well as the families of deceased riders. We have published What You Need to Know About Motorcycle Accidents in Virginia.

Call us for a free and confidential consultation at (757) 455-0077. Read more about serious motorcycle accidents here on our website.

Griff O'Hanlon

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