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Harrisonburg Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

2 killed in Virginia truck accident

A multi-vehicle accident resulted in the death of two individuals on Aug. 6. The truck accident occurred in the morning hours on Interstate 64 in Albemarle County.

According to the Virginia State Police, a flatbed tractor-trailer failed to stop in time for traffic that had slowed ahead and rear-ended a Nissan Pathfinder. The impact caused the Pathfinder to hit a Lincoln Town Car. A Chevy Suburban was also struck, which caused it to leave the interstate and roll over. In the process, the Chevy struck a second semi-truck. The Lincoln vehicle caught fire after it was struck by the first tractor-trailer.

Rental-car companies first to notice GM problem vehicles

Virginia residents who have been following the story of General Motors recalls may be interested in new evidence that has surfaced in the investigation of the company and its response to allegedly defective vehicles. More than seven years before the recalls, Vanguard Car Rental USA contacted GM, stating that it believed an investigation was necessary after a particularly serious crash.

The car accident in question occurred in 2006 in California. A driver was behind the wheel of a rented Chevrolet Cobalt on a warm, clear day with very little traffic. The vehicle allegedly moved across multiple lanes, hit a median and rolled.

Virginia chain-reaction crash involves suspected DUI driver

According to the Waynesboro Police Department, officials detained a 52-year-old man on suspicion of DUI after a July 18 accident. The incident reportedly involved four vehicles and occurred at the intersection of Rosser Avenue and P. Buckley Moss Drive.

According to police, the 52-year-old man was behind the wheel of a Ford Expedition when he approached the intersection and rear-ended a Toyota 4 Runner waiting at a red light. The impact of the collision propelled the Toyota into the back of another vehicle waiting at the red light, spurring on a chain-reaction crash that would affect two more vehicles.

1 killed and 4 injured in collision on Virginia highway

Authorities report that on July 18, a two-car collision in Virginia killed one person and injured four others. The accident temporarily shut down all lanes of traffic near the 71-mile marker on Interstate 64 in both directions.

Authorities with the local law enforcement agency's Collision Reconstruction Unit stated that a person driving a sedan was traveling west on I-64 when he crossed a median filled with grass and moved into eastbound lanes. He then collided head-on with an SUV, which flipped and landed on its top.

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.