There have been several recent deaths of motorcyclists in the Richmond area recently.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch writes about the first one:Manchester Bridge crash victim identified .

Joseph Greene of Richmond, and Jorge J. Diaz Jr. of Chesterfield County, have each been charged with misdemeanor reckless driving by engaging in a race between two or more motor vehicles on a highway that resulted in the death of Bradley James Ferguson, 21, of Glen Allen, who died around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday after his motorcycle crashed on Manchester Bridge.

Hanover County couple killed in motorcycle crash.

Two days later on April 9. a motorcycle crash claimed the lives of Robert C. Jones, 46, and his 44-year-old wife Elizabeth when the 2009 Yamaha motorcycle he was driving crashed on Cold Harbor Road in Mechanicsville around 7:45 p.m.

It seems that Mr. Jones lost control of the motorcycle and it ran off the right side of the road and then struck a mailbox, wooden fence and a tree.

Elizabeth Jones was pronounced dead at the scene and Robert Jones was transported to VCU Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

“We ask the community to keep the family and friends of the Jones’ in their thoughts and prayers as they try to cope with the untimely loss of their loved ones,“ said Col. V. Stuart Cook, sheriff.

These accidents are tragic and show how easy it is to suffer personal injury from riding a motorcycle, weather it is from somebody else’s recklessness or through a tragic driving error, there is little to protect a motorcycle rider in the event of an accident.

O’Bryan Law offers some tips for staying safe on your motorcycle but there is no substitute for being extra careful and vigilant every time you ride.

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