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Harrisonburg Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

Woman killed in West Virginia car accident

A 44-year-old man faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter after his tractor-trailer flipped and landed on an SUV. The victim inside of the SUV was a 54-year-old woman. The accident took place around 5:50 a.m. on Nov. 13. Authorities say the truck driver was going west on the road, crossed the centerline, overcorrected and then overturned.

In addition to the involuntary manslaughter charge, the man was also charged with being in possession of a controlled substance and driving as a habitual offender. According to reports, he was in possession of prescription pills at the time of the accident. Police say the truck was transporting chicken wings when the crash occurred. Due to the accident, the road had to be shut down in both directions until around 2:30 p.m.

Virginia dump truck driver charged in fatal crash

Virginia authorities have charged the driver of a dump truck involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident in Prince William County with operating a truck with defective equipment on Nov. 7. A 59-year-old tractor-trailer driver from Richmond was killed in the crash.

Just before 11 p.m., Virginia State Police were notified that a broken down dump truck was blocking the northbound center lane of I-95 near the 149-mile mark and dispatched a trooper to the scene. However, a tractor-trailer hit the dump truck less than two minutes later, causing both trucks to overturn.

Virginia head-on accident injures 3, kills 1

A head-on collision in Alleghany County has left an 18-year-old man dead and a 54-year-old woman and her two female passengers injured. The accident reportedly occurred in the afternoon on Oct. 25.

According to police, the man was northbound on Virginia 159 in a compact car when he crossed the centerline. His speeding car crashed head-on into the woman's pickup truck.

1 killed in wrong way collision in Virginia

A man was killed in a wrong way collision in Franklin County on Oct. 25. All the lanes near the scene of the crash were blocked as a result of the accident.

According to Virginia State Police, the fatal car accident occurred after 5 p.m. on Route 40, east of Route 706 in Franklin County. A westbound 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by a 57-year-old Chatham man, crossed over the center line and into the path of oncoming traffic, colliding with an eastbound 1993 Toyota pickup driven by a 42-year-old Gladehill man.

Auto-pedestrian accident injures biker in Virginia

Police report that on Oct. 11, an auto-pedestrian accident in Virginia Beach left a bicyclist injured. The report did not disclose the nature and extent of the victim's injuries.

The accident transpired at an intersection around 4:30 p.m. when a sedan reportedly struck a biker. First responders took the adult victim to a nearby hospital for treatment of unreported injuries.

The real cost of car accidents in Virginia and nationwide

While annual statistics regarding the costs of motor vehicle accidents are compiled both in Virginia and nationwide, the actual cost of death or injury related to car accidents goes beyond an accounting of the money spent on medical bills and car repairs. The loss of life, suffering, time away from work and the cost of long-term illnesses associated with the trauma of an accident, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, are more difficult to accurately account for. However, these related costs can have a greater impact on accident victims overall.

In 2012, over 33,000 people died nationwide as the result of car accidents, and another two million were injured. In Virginia that same year, 775 died, and an additional 67,000 were injured. Of those, 542 deaths were related either to alcohol or speeding.

Statistics on drunk driving

While Virginia residents may know that drunk driving is dangerous, some may not know just how serious the problem is. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010, three people were killed every two hours in alcohol-related crashes on the highway; a total of 13,365 deaths were caused by automobile crashes involving alcohol in that year alone.

While fatalities are the most serious type of damage drunk driving can inflict, injuries and property damage are also very common. Per the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, these types of accidents cost Americans approximately $37 billion annually. Much is being done to combat drunk driving, and 1.4 million DUI arrests took place in 2010, according to data from the FBI.

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.