A motorcycle rider died at the scene of a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Leesville Road and Sunburst Road in Campbell County, Virginia (VA). The fatal accident, in which the driver of the larger vehicle also suffered injuries, occurred on the night of December 14, 2014, near the town of Bedford, and the location has been the site of several recent deadly and serious crashes.
Police could not immediately determine whether the truck driver or the motorcyclist caused the wreck, though news reports state that the biker was either turning onto or attempting to cross the larger Leesville Road when the crash happened. The speed limit on both roads is 45 mph, and no stop signs or traffic light control the flow of vehicles. Facts investigators need to establish are whether either of the men involved in the accident were speeding, failing to yield right of way, distracted, impaired by drugs or alcohol, or fatigued enough to act unsafely and negligently.
Finding those facts will be necessary to assign liability and make it possible for both the pickup driver and the family members of the motorcyclist who lost his life to file and collect on insurance claims. Regardless of what conclusions police reach, both parties could benefit from seeking free consultations with experienced Virginia personal injury and wrongful death attorneys who can serve as their advocates when dealing with insurance companies.
The crash raises larger safety issues, as well. According to WSET-TV, this was at least the third deadly collision at the junction of Leesville and Sunburst roads within the past two years. Residents who live near the scene described one or more major crashes each month. Installing signs and signals probably will not prevent all wrecks, but state and local officials have an obligation to look into the issue.