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Harrisonburg Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

1 killed, 2 injured in head-on Virginia car crash

A 31-year-old man reportedly struck another vehicle head-on, killing the other driver and seriously injuring himself and his passenger on Sept. 27 around 1:10 p.m. According to Virginia State Police, the man was driving eastbound on State Route 643 when he suddenly ran off the road. In trying to correct his vehicle, he veered into the westbound lane and into oncoming traffic, where he collided with the other vehicle. The man's vehicle then spun out of control and caught fire.

The 29-year-old female driver of the vehicle that was hit was pronounced dead at the scene, while the male driver and his passenger were flown to VCU Medical Center. Police charged the male driver with reckless driving and failure to maintain proper control. It is unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

1 killed, 1 injured in Virginia car accident

A single-car accident involving a pickup truck left one woman dead and her passenger severely injured on Sept. 14. According to police, the car veered off the right side of the road and then struck a jersey wall head-on when the driver overcorrected.

The deceased was ejected from the car and died at Riverside Regional Hospital in Newport News three days after the car accident. Her passenger was severely injured, though the report did not state the condition of this passenger three days after the incident.

Virginia police file charges after fatal motorcycle crash

Police in Virginia Beach say that alcohol consumption and excessive speed have been ruled out as contributing factors to a Sept. 14 crash that claimed the life of a 58-year-old motorcyclist. However, a police representative has reported that the driver of an SUV involved in the collision has been cited for failing to yield. The truck and motorcycle accident took place on South Rosemont Road around 9 p.m.

According to an accident report, the motorcyclist suffered catastrophic injuries after being ejected from his vehicle near Silina Drive. The man had been traveling southbound when an SUV pulled into his path as its driver attempted to make a left turn. Prior to pulling into the path of the motorcycle, the SUV had been stationary in a left turn lane.

Truck accident on Virginia highway leaves man dead

According to Virginia State Police, a 40-year-old Rainelle man driving a dump truck was killed when a tire blew out on Interstate 64 around the 19.7 mile marker in Alleghany County at approximately 3 p.m. on Sept. 2. The vehicle veered off the right side of the roadway, crashed into a guard rail, hit a number of trees and caught fire.

Police say the victim, who had been wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. One lane of the highway remained closed while the scene was cleared. Details regarding the truck accident were unclear immediately following the incident.

What happens after a pedestrian car accident

When pedestrian accidents occur in Virginia, drivers face liability for those injured when their negligence caused an accident. To receive damages for an accident, a plaintiff must show that a defendant failed to fulfill a duty to the plaintiff and caused an accident that led to the plaintiff's injuries.

Drivers and pedestrians have a duty to others to act with a reasonable amount of care and could be liable for a crash when breaching this duty. Drivers may fail to use reasonable care and be negligent when driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, not signaling while turning, not yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks or speeding. Pedestrians fail to exercise care when darting in front of a vehicle, disrupting the flow of traffic or ignoring signals at an intersection.

Pursuing compensation for car accident injuries

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident in Virginia that was caused by another person, you may be entitled to compensation that might be obtained through a personal injury lawsuit. Our office has almost 60 years of combined experience in handling car accident cases, and we may be able to help you pursue some of the costs associated with the crash.

The expenses related to a serious accident that cause disability can high and vary depending on the circumstances. After some accidents, a victim might suffer disabilities that require long-term care, and individuals may be forced to make certain modifications to their lives to compensate for the loss of certain abilities. However, our firm may be able to represent your interests. We have experience working in cases who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, lost limbs and broken bones. Our firm also represents clients who have suffered paralysis due to spinal cord injuries.

1 dead in DUI crash in Virginia

An accident involving two vehicles left one man dead in Hampton on Aug. 16. The serious accident also resulted in a DUI charge against the other driver involved in the crash.

According to Hampton Police, the 53-year-old victim was driving a sedan south around 10:42 p.m. when he crashed into an SUV that was attempting to turn left from the northbound lanes. The sedan driver suffered life-threatening injuries and was later declared dead at the scene of the fatal auto accident. The 49-year-old male driver of the other vehicle was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, third or subsequent offense. He might also face additional charges pending further investigation.

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.