Josh McDaniel, a 25-year-old Mechanicsville, Virginia (VA) native, was riding along North Laburnum Avenue in Henrico when he reportedly fell off of his vehicle. Several cars stopped in the right travel lane so Mr. McDaniel would have some room to get up and collect himself.
Unfortunately, a driver made the reckless decision to bypass the stopped cars and wound up running over Mr. McDaniel. He suffered fatal injuries as a result, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The at-fault driver faced criminal charges and subsequently received a 30-day suspended sentence and was fined $250.
Here's a map of North Laburnum Avenue in Henrico, VA
The Virginia Injury Lawyers’ Perspective
Our deepest sympathies go out to the McDaniel family. Losing a loved one is never easy, but it’s especially painful when the loss is sudden and unexpected. This particular accident is especially egregious since the at-fault driver made the conscious decision to disregard the vehicles that were already stopped on the road in recognition that an accident, or problematic situation, was ahead.
Members of the McDaniel family should consider contacting a Virginia wrongful death law firm to discuss the legal options available to them. Just because the at-fault driver has been sentenced in a criminal court does not preclude the family from pursuing justice through a wrongful death civil claim.
Potentially Helpful Legal Articles and/or In-Depth Legal Guides
If the McDaniel family plans to pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver, they should consider downloading and reviewing our in-depth legal guide on the wrongful death claims process, which was written by our team of Virginia wrongful death attorneys.
Also, we published an article discussing the specific damages that could be available in a wrongful death claim. Take a moment to read the article here.
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