Police have now released the details of the June 9 deadly crash on Route 501 in Campbell County, Virginia. According to WSET.com, a Suzuki GSRX motorcycle was speeding north on Route 501 around 6:45 p.m. A vehicle attempting to cross Route 501 at Bocock Road was struck on the driver’s side by the speeding bike.
The impact of the crash overturned the vehicle. A witness to the scene said, “[The motorcycle driver] was going pretty fast. And they collided. He smacked the side of her car and they flipped over and the car landed on top of him.” In fact, the vehicle landed on the motorcycle operator and pinned him underneath the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Trinity D. Burks, who was driving the car, was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital. Sadly, she died later that night. She was 24-years-old.
I send my condolences to Ms. Burks’ family. She was a young woman, and because of this crash her family will never witness the heights she could have reached, never share those special life moments.
Many drivers have had a near-accident that leads to a “That guy came out of nowhere!” reaction. I know I have. A driver who is responsibly and cautiously crossing an intersection may still end up the victim of a serious crash when an oncoming motorist is traveling at a dangerous speed. In this case, the motorcycle hit Ms. Burk’s car with enough force to flip it over. As a matter of physics, the motorcycle had to be traveling at a high rate of speed because it was significantly lighter than the car. The Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting troopers with their investigation. Hopefully they can shed light on what happened in the moments leading up to the crash.
Ms. Burk’s family is going through a difficult time, and the last thing a grieving family wants to think about is dealing with an insurance company. Nevertheless, they should consider speaking to a personal injury lawyer who has experience with wrongful death cases as soon as possible to preserve their loved one’s rights. A successful claim against the at-fault motorcyclist’s insurance company could help the family with the cost of funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, loss of future earnings, as well as compensate them for their pain and suffering. While no amount of money can bring back their loved one, it can help them recover from this devastating loss. For more information about Virginia wrongful death lawsuits, see this article with answers to frequently asked questions, or contact our law firm for a no-cost consultation.