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Harrisonburg Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

Accident on Virginia highway kills man

Authorities said that a 21-year-old man was killed after a suspected drunk driver struck his vehicle while it was pulled over on the shoulder of a Virginia Beach highway. According to police, the July 10 accident occurred on Interstate 64 west of the Twin Bridges.

Reportedly, the 21-year-old man parked his Honda Civic on the left shoulder of the highway after experiencing mechanical problems, turned on his hazard lights and called AAA for roadside assistance. Subsequently, a Ford Explorer swerved off of the interstate and hit the stationary Civic, leaving the 21-year-old man with life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

Truck driver charged with reckless driving after 9-vehicle crash

Police in Virginia have reported that a July 8 accident involving nine vehicles on Interstate 64 was caused by a truck driver operating his vehicle in a negligent manner. The 41-year-old Norfolk man was charged with reckless driving after initiating a chain reaction crash that left four people injured. The truck accident took place in New Kent County near mile marker 222 at approximately 10:30 a.m.

According to a Virginia State Police representative, the man was driving a box truck eastbound on I-64 when he struck a stationary minivan. He is said to have told responding police officers that he took his eyes off the road to pick up a water bottle as he approached slowing traffic. The minivan then struck a pickup truck, and an additional six vehicles ultimately became involved in subsequent collisions. Police said that two of these vehicles were semi tractor-trailers.

Traffic accident seriously injures Virginia motorcyclist

A Norfolk collision involving a motorcycle and a sedan sent a man to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in critical condition. According to the Norfolk Police Department, the June 27 crash took place on Lafayette Boulevard at approximately 9:20 p.m.

Police reported that the sedan was traveling east on Lafayette Boulevard when it attempted to turn left on Marne Avenue and hit the motorcycle. Police reportedly cited the driver of the sedan for driving on a revoked license and failing to yield.

VSP seeks suspect who fled the scene after multi-vehicle wreck

A Virginia driver suspected of causing a four-car accident in Henrico County on June 18 is still at large. Only one of the individuals involved was injured.

According to reports, the wreck occurred shortly after 5:00 p.m. on I-64 west near mile marker 184 when a dark blue or black sports utility vehicle hit a Saturn. The Saturn then hit an Isuzu SUV, and the force of the impact sent the Isuzu into a spin that caused it to run into a Honda. The only injured person reported was the Saturn driver, who was hospitalized with minor injuries. The crash delayed traffic for several miles down the interstate. Witnesses said that the motorist in hit-and-run car seemed to be speaking on a mobile device at the time of the accident.

U-Haul involved in crash

A motor vehicle accident in Augusta County, Virginia, was caused by the 57-year-old driver of a U-Haul on Saturday, June 7. The driver was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the crash, when he steered the vehicle into a Toyota Camry and a GMC Sierra. Reports did not indicate the speed of any of the vehicles at the time of the crash, but the impact was significant enough to make the GMC land on its roof. The accident happened because the U-Haul driver allegedly did not brake in time for the slowing flow of traffic.

The accident resulted in severe injuries to the U-Haul driver and a passenger in one of the other vehicles. Both were airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

Wrong-way driver caused serious injury in Virginia crash

On June 7 at about 3 p.m., a teenage brother and sister were seriously injured when the Lexus they were in was hit head-on by a 39-year-old male driver traveling south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Montgomery County. The wrong-way driver sideswiped three more vehicles injuring at least one other person.

A 17-year-old boy faced open-heart surgery to repair an injury suffered in the accident. He also suffered a broken leg and collarbone. His 15-year-old sister's wounds were treated, and she was later released from the hospital. The two Salem High School students were on their way back from swim practice. No report was available on the condition of the third person injured in the car accident.

Dump truck kills woman near school zone in Virginia

A 39-year-old woman died after she was hit by a dump truck in Arlington, Virginia, on Feb. 24. The pedestrian accident occurred as she was parked and securing her children in a minivan across the street from Nottingham Elementary School, which is located on the 5900 block of North Little Falls Road.

The 33-year-old driver of the dump truck was charged in connection to the incident. He was charged with failing to pay full time and attention. Arlington police do not believe he was speeding or using an electronic device at the time of the crash. Sources report that the man was scheduled to appear in court on June 5. If he is convicted, he could face a fine for approximately $100 and a 10-day jail sentence.

Tanker truck driver dies in traffic accident

Virginia State Police reported that a car accident in Warren County that occurred on westbound Interstate 66 near mile marker 11 left one person dead. According to the report, the car accident, which took place on May 16 around 2:40 a.m., caused the death of a 61-year-old man.

Police stated that a 23-year-old woman was driving a sedan that suddenly spun out in the westbound lanes of the interstate. The vehicle struck a tanker truck that was also traveling west. The impact from the collision caused the truck to run off the road before overturning. Despite the driver's use of a seat belt, first responders pronounced him dead at the scene of the accident.

Cyclist ticketed after being hit by car

A Virginia cyclist was ticketed by police after she was struck by a car at a busy intersection in Rosslyn on May 5. The female cyclist, 23, claims that she was riding across the crosswalk when the sedan hit her. She received a sprained wrist and mild concussion because of the accident, and she was treated at the hospital.

While there, a U.S. Park Police officer who had been near the scene gave her the $70 ticket. According to the officer, who did not see the accident, a witness said that the cyclist had been riding outside of the crosswalk. The cyclist denies that she was crossing the street illegally. She says that she frequently cycles to work and had flashing lights on her bike.

Charges filed in case of tow truck driver's death

A Virginia tow truck driver was killed on the job in a car accident that occurred on May 1. An alleged drunk driver has been taken into custody on several charges in connection to the accident.

On the night of May 1, a vehicle broke down on Interstate 295 near the Mechanicsville Turnpike exit in Hanover County. A 22-year-old tow truck driver was called to the scene to remove the disabled vehicle. As the man was standing next to the road preparing the car, a 2012 Ford Explorer traveling southbound on I-295 drifted off the highway and reportedly collided with the tow truck driver around 8:25 p.m. The SUV then traveled 50 feet and came to rest in a ditch on the side of the highway. The driver reportedly exited the vehicle and attempted to escape on foot. Witnesses notified authorities that the man was running through their neighborhood, which led to his capture.