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Harrisonburg Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

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.

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.