We Have Four Convenient Office Locations In Northern Virginia | Manassas, Fairfax, Leesburg, and Warrenton View Our Locations
The Law Offices of Locklin & Coleman, PLLC
703-659-1961
Call To Schedule A Free Consultation
9253 Mosby Street,| Suite 100 | Manassas, VA 20110

Semi-truck hits backhoe in deadly commercial vehicle accident

On July 31, at about 2:30 in the afternoon, the VDOT employee was headed west on State Route 460 in a backhoe. Now, an employee of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is dead following a commercial vehicle accident in Oakwood. A semi-truck accident resulted after a tractor-trailer struck the machine.

Backhoes are a common element at construction sites around the state, and are used to dig various types of ditches or trenches. Of course, like most pieces of heavy machinery, they are unable to move quickly out of the way of other vehicles. As a result, backhoes and their operators are especially vulnerable to tractor-trailer accidents and other tragedies.

According to a sergeant for the Virginia State Police, the amber warning lights on the rear of the backhoe were functioning when the incident occurred. The truck's driver, just 25 years old, told police he was trying to change lanes when the crash brought both men's working days to a screeching halt.

Another car happened to be in the other lane, noted the truck driver, and he wound up rear-ending the backhoe instead.

Responders to the scene rushed the VDOT worker to Clinch Valley Medical Center, but unfortunately the man succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

State police are still investigating the fatal event, and the Motor Carrier Unit and Accident Reconstruction Team plan a more thorough probe in the near future.

On August 7, Virginia authorities charged a different truck driver for reckless driving in an accident that closed all lanes on Interstate 95 in Caroline County. Thankfully, no injuries resulted, although power lines fell over the busy stretch of roadway.

Whether they run into backhoes or power lines, trucks can turn an otherwise peaceful stretch of road into a hazardous thoroughfare in no time. Thankfully, the penalties for reckless driving help ensure justice. In Virginia, reckless truck drivers that pass incorrectly can have convictions on their records for over 10 years.

Source: TriCities.com, "Buchanan County VDOT worker killed in crash," Allie Robinson, Aug. 1, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Super Lawyers
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms
  • AV | Lexis Nexis | Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Virginia Trial Attorneys | Hall of Fame
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel | Nation's Top One Percent | NADC
  • Million Dollar Advocate Forum
  • BBB
Email Us For a Response

Do You Have A Case?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Office Location:

Manassas Office
9253 Mosby Street, Suite 100
Manassas, VA 20110

Toll Free: 866-719-4394
Phone: 703-659-1961
Fax: 703-393-7999
Map & Directions

Fairfax Office
4041 University Drive, Suite 404
Fairfax, VA 22030

Toll Free: 866-719-4394
Phone: 703-659-1961
Fax: 703-393-7999
Map & Directions

Leesburg Office
One West Market Street
Leesburg, VA 20176

Toll Free: 866-719-4394
Phone: 703-659-1961
Fax: 703-393-7999
Map & Directions

Warrenton Office
1 Wall Street
Warrenton, Virginia 20186

Toll Free: 866-719-4394
Phone: 703-659-1961
Fax: 703-393-7999
Map & Directions