A collision between a tractor-trailer and a motorcycle in Northern Virginia on the afternoon of September 26, 2017, left the biker dead. The fatal wreck in the 7600 block of Backlick Road in Springfield, VA, happened at around 1:35 pm.
The motorcyclist, whom authorities identified as a 26-year-old man from Lorton, died from his injuries at the scene. Authorities did not release many other details about the crash that occurred between Barta Road and Fullerton Road.
Raw video posted to the website of television station FOX 5 shows the semi stopped in the median and with its flatbed trailer blocking three lanes of Backlick Road. That scene indicates that the truck driver was attempting to turn left out of one of the car dealerships or building supply and construction equipment rental companies that line the busy street that parallels I-95 South. Investigators with the Fairfax County Police Department will need to determine whether the individual operating the tractor-trailer entered the roadway improperly or failed to yield right of way to the oncoming motorcycle rider.
Section 46.2-863 of the Virginia Code makes it a reckless driving offense to enter or merge onto a roadway from a parking lot, side street or interstate exit ramp when “there is traffic approaching on such highway within 500 feet of such point of entrance.” Backlick Road counts as highway because its official designation is Virginia Route 617.
If evidence shows that the tractor-trailer driver did fail to yield right of way, he or she could be held responsible for settling wrongful death claims filed by the motorcyclist’s family. Consulting with a Virginia wrongful death attorney who has extensive experience helping victims of crashes caused by commercial truck drivers would help the family understand and exercise their legal rights.
Truck crash cases can be particularly complicated because federal and state regulations require truck drivers and trucking companies to carry multiple insurance policies that cover different things in different circumstances. Receiving adequate compensation and damages after a fatal collision like this one in Springfield can require dealing with insurance company representatives from several separate companies that issued policies on the driver, the tractor, the trailer, the company that owns or rented the rig, and the company that employs the driver. A knowledgeable Virginia plaintiff’s attorney will not let confusion and red tape block recovery.