The loss of a loved one is always hard on family members and friends. When a death comes suddenly and unexpectedly, the devastation is often compounded. Tragically, two families are now in mourning following a string of unrelated motorcycle accidents that proved fatal in Virginia. As both accidents might have been caused by someone else's negligence, the families may consider the possibility of a wrongful death suit against the respective drivers.
The first accident happened on April 14 at 9:45 a.m. The accident involved a vehicle and a motorcycle, and while the circumstances of the crash were not available, police did state that emergency responders pronounced the motorcyclist dead at the scene of the accident. The incident happened in Triangle, Virginia, near Joplin Road.
The second accident happened along Joplin Road on April 15 at just before 7 p.m. in Manassas. As with the accident that happened scarcely a day-and-a-half earlier, it also involved a motorcyclist and a second vehicle. Unfortunately, the motorcyclist was also pronounced dead at the scene of this accident.
With two such similar accidents happening close in time and location, there may well be concerns about the safety of the road. Nonetheless, motorists have a duty to drive with a due regard to the safety of others. If the motorcyclists in each accident were killed through no fault of their own and due to the negligence of another driver, then their families may want to consider a wrongful death suit. A wrongful death is a type of legal claim that can be brought before a Virginia civil court. If successful, then the families may be able to collect compensation for funeral expenses and for the lost wages of the deceased
Source: WTOP, "2nd fatal motorcycle accident on Joplin Rd. in two days," April 15, 2012