October in Virginia offers a wonderful opportunity to observe the leaves changing colors on the trees and to appreciate the cooler temperatures. The views from a motorcycle can be particularly appealing, as drivers are not separated from their environment by a motor vehicle. This lack of separation, though an advantage for taking in nature, can also serve as a disadvantage if a motorcyclist is involved in an accident.
Many Virginia motorcyclists are drawn to their particular mode of transportation for the thrill of the ride that they can have on a motorcycle, unlike in a more traditional mode of transportation such as a car or a truck. Though there are many pleasures and benefits for motorcycle drivers, they also face some challenges that may increase the risk of dangerous motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries. Such injuries may include head and brain injuries, neck and spinal cord injuries and fractures that can lead to heavy internal and external bleeding. In many cases of motorcycle accidents, the victim of the accident can lead to the victim's death. Virginia State authorities have enacted numerous motorcycle safety initiatives as well as public awareness drives to ensure that the car and truck drivers are aware of the dangers that others on the roads face due to reckless driving.
Motorcycle accidents can be very traumatic, both physically and emotionally. Often, it is not just the victim who suffers; the victim's family faces a great deal of grief too. In a situation where the victim does not possess proper health insurance, the family may have to pay the majority or all of the medical and rehabilitation expenses during the hospital stay, as well as during the patient's recovery period. In a worst-case scenario, the victim may not survive his or her injuries, leaving the family absolutely devastated.
As most motor vehicle operators in Virginia know, a helmet protects a motorcyclist's most important organ -- the brain. In the event of an accident, a helmet can help protect the brain from severe injuries. In fact, all motorcycle riders in Virginia are required to wear a helmet that meets specifications cited in Virginia Statutes 46.2-910.