Last Friday, a North Carolina teenager was tragically killed in an accident in Northern Virginia. The victim was a backseat passenger in a van that had a total of five occupants inside it. The van was traveling on Route 13 when a pickup truck turned onto the road and into the path of the van. The truck driver failed to yield the right of way before making the turn onto Route 13. After the collision, the van’s occupants tried to exit the vehicle. However, after four of the passengers safely exited the van, the fifth passenger did not make it out in time when a tractor-trailer crashed into the van.
It is unclear where exactly on the road the initial collision occurred between the van and the tractor-trailer. If it occurred in lanes of travel and neither vehicle was moved to the side of the road, it was not safe for anyone to be outside their vehicle. Too many tragic accidents happen when people are outside their vehicles on main roads. Other cars are driving at high speeds and if any of them lose control, you are at risk of serious injury or death if you are outside your vehicle. Whenever possible, you should always move your vehicle to the shoulder if you have been involved in an accident.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in an auto accident in Virginia caused by the fault or negligence of another person and would like to consult an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney for free, contact us at (855) 954-4141 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations in Manassas or throughout Virginia or visit us online.