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West Virginians call for stricter hit-and-run driving laws

A motorcycle accident can be extremely serious and can have lifelong effects on an individual. Because of the size of a motorcycle and lack of protection, many motorcycle accidents result in brain injury, spinal cord injury, broken bones, sprains, road rash and more. The monetary and emotional costs can be high.

A recent West Virginia motorcycle accident has residents seeking to change state laws. Currently, when an individual leaves the scene of an accident after injuring someone, it's considered a misdemeanor crime, punishable by a maximum of six months in jail. Some people feel that such a crime should be a felony.

In March, a man was caught on video tape striking a motorcycle rider from behind as the rider was parking his motorcycle. The victim suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital. The 56-year-old man who struck him left the scene but was later identified. He is currently free on bond.

Members of the American Bikers Aimed Towards Education (ABATE) staged a peaceful protest outside the courthouse when the defendant attended court. According to the group's website they formed to, "Keep our lawmakers informed of our members' collective position on motorcycle-related legislation."

A member of ABATE commented on the current legislation saying, "Only West Virginia has their hands tied because hitting someone is only a misdemeanor." Members of ABATE would like to see the law changed, and they are not alone. Apparently deputies also feel that changes need to be made.

If you or someone you love was injured while riding a motorcycle it's important that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away.

Source: WTRF News, "Protesters Present at Motorcycle Accident Trial," Dave Elias, May 18, 2012

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