June 11, 2012
A 43-year-old woman from James City County, Virginia is recuperating today after being seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident while cycling over the weekend. According to WVEC 13 News, the accident happened yesterday afternoon on a rural road.
Although the woman who was injured has no recollection of the incident, police believe that the driver of the vehicle involved hit the woman from behind and then sped away, leaving her bleeding on the road.
Luckily, another motorist who was passing by rendered aid and emergency help was summoned. The victim was taken to a local hospital to be treated for several broken bones in her legs. Doctors told her that they were shocked that she was not paralyzed by the accident.
While it may seem unthinkable not to help someone after striking them with a vehicle, Virginia sees a surprisingly high number of hit-and-run accidents each year. The law in the Commonwealth of Virginia states that committing such a crime is considered a felony if a death or injury results from the accident.
This is why the Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley say it is so important to stop immediately if you feel you have been involved in an accident. The firm also strongly suggests that cyclists protect themselves from injury in the event of a Virginia Auto Accident by always wearing a helmet as well as bright or reflective clothing to increase their visibility on the road.