An accident in Nelson County, Virginia, over the weekend resulted in a motorcyclist’s death. According to WSLS.com, officers responded to an accident on Route 29 around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
A Honda Civic traveling northbound on Route 29 pulled into a turn lane to make a left onto Route 56. The car crossed into the southbound lane, directly into the path of the oncoming motorcycle. The motorcyclist could not stop in time to prevent the collision.
The motorcyclist died at the scene. He was reportedly wearing a helmet. The woman driving the Honda was not injured and has been charged with reckless driving.
It is devastating for a family to learn that their loved one was the victim in a fatal accident. There is no way to prepare for such a shock or the grief that follows. I am sorry for the pain this man’s family is experiencing, and I wish them strength during this difficult time.
I have witnessed drivers pull so far beyond the edge of a left-turn lane that the front of their car is actually in the adjacent lane blocking traffic. Perhaps it’s because people are constantly rushing, and inching into the opposing lane makes them feel as if they’re getting somewhere. Or it simply could be bad driving. Regardless of the reason, encroaching into the opposite lane is dangerous and unnecessary.
When a loved one is killed in an accident, family members have so many arrangements to make following the death that there isn’t time to think about anything else. After the initial shock and grief has passed, the victim’s spouse or children should consider talking to a Virginia wrongful death attorney about filing a claim against the driver who caused the accident. An attorney can assess the family members’ potential claim and negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company so they don’t have to.
Of course no amount of money can bring back a loved one, but a fair settlement can provide financial peace of mind and help the family move forward.