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Rear-End Collison With Logging Truck Kills Woman

For the second time in nine days, a commercial truck driver’s attempt to make a left turn from the right-hand lane on U.S. 460 in southwest Virginia has led to the death of an innocent person. The latest avoidable tragedy happened on the morning of February 2, 2017, near the truck stop at Blackwater Road in the Bedford County town of Goode.

 

 

For the second time in nine days, a commercial truck driver’s attempt to make a left turn from the right-hand lane on U.S. 460 in southwest Virginia has led to the death of an innocent person. The latest avoidable tragedy happened on the morning of February 2, 2017, near the truck stop at Blackwater Road in the Bedford County town of Goode.

The earlier deadly wreck occurred in the same county, near the interchange between U.S. 460 and State Route 713/Krantzs Corner Road, on January 24. In that fatal crash, a man in a pickup lost his life when a dump truck driver stopped in the far right lane of the four-lane divided highway to wait for oncoming traffic to pass on the other side of the rural route so he could turn through the median. State police charged the dump truck operator with causing the rear-end collision.

The later wreck played out in an almost identical fashion, with the logging truck coming to stop in traffic and creating a hazard for following vehicles. A preliminary charge of making an improper turn has been filed against the logging truck driver, and more charges are likely. In both incidents, the drivers of the private vehicles died from their injuries at the scene.

The Code of Virginia specifies that “at any crossover from one roadway of a divided highway to another roadway thereof on which traffic moves in the opposite direction, the driver intending to turn left at any such intersection or crossover shall approach the intersection or crossover in the extreme left lane.” Violating this traffic law generally merits a ticket for operating in a negligent manner. When making an illegal left turn from the right lane causes a crash with injuries or deaths, a criminal reckless driving charge for endangering other people is likely to follow.

Even if the charge against the logging truck driver who caused the fatal rear-end collision in Goode, VA, remains a negligence citation, he will likely remain responsible for settling wrongful death insurance claims filed by the family of the deceased woman. Enlisting the advice and representation of an experienced Virginia wrongful death attorney will help the grieving family members resist pressure from insurance company representatives to accept quick and inadequate payments for the loss. Working with a legal ally who has helped many other truck crash victims will help the family understand whether more than form of insurance applies.

EJL

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