Motorcyclist Killed In Portsmouth Tunnel Crash



Virginia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Richard SerpeA motorcyclist has died after losing control of his bike in Portsmouth’s downtown tunnel. Authorities say the January 12, 2018 crash happened just before 1:00 in the morning. According to early reports, a 2010 Hyundai SUV ran out of gas while in the tunnel. They stopped in the right lane of the tunnel. When the motorcyclist spotted the broken down vehicle, he attempted to change lanes. Unfortunately, he lost control of his motorcycle and was ejected. The man collided with the back of the SUV and died on impact.

The driver of the SUV has been charged with improper stopping on the interstate. No further details have been released about the crash. An investigation is ongoing.

The Dangers of Improper Stopping

At first glance, it may seem like the driver of the SUV had no choice in where they broke down. Tunnels are notoriously narrow, with little margin for error and virtually no shoulder to pull over on. When you factor in the current technologies in place to ensure a driver does not run out of gas, though, the choice to continue through the tunnel becomes even less understandable. Considering the SUV was a 2010, it is safe to assume that there was technology in place to alert the driver of the draining gas tank.

Stopping in a tunnel is among one of the most dangerous things a driver can do. With such little space for other drivers to move around your vehicle, it is no wonder that deadly accidents occur in such settings. Our thoughts are with the family of the victim.

Norfolk Wrongful Death Lawyers

No matter the circumstance, losing a loved one is always hard. But losing a loved one because of someone else’s carelessness can feel like an injustice. In some cases, it’s just that. Navigating the legal waters surrounding their death – while grieving – can be overwhelming.

That’s where we come in. Virginia wrongful death attorney Richard Serpe represents families who have lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence. You’re probably grief-stricken and wondering how you’ll shoulder medical bills, funeral costs – not to mention the loss of future income for your family. The emotional loss cannot be understated, either. The loss of companionship and affection is irreplaceable. The Virginia wrongful death act allows certain family members to bring a claim for the losses they have suffered from the death of a loved one.

If you’d like to speak with our experienced Norfolk car accident and wrongful death lawyers, contact us for a free consultation 877-544-5323.



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