• September 13, 2022

Randall Lucabaugh Killed in Semi-Truck Accident in Botetourt County, VA

Botetourt County, VA -- September 12, 2022, Randall Lucabaugh was killed due to an accident where a motorcycle and a truck collided.

Investigators said they were called to the northbound lanes of I-81 near mile marker 169 at around 6:10 p.m. It appears that 60-year-old Randall Lucabaugh was on a motorcycle traveling along the interstate. In a series of events unclear, the motorcycle crashed into the rear portion of a tractor-trailer.

Lucabaugh was wearing a helmet, authorities say, but he sustained fatal injuries. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Randall Lucabaugh Semi-Truck Accident in Botetourt County

My concern with crashes like this is that folks are quick to assume a rear-end collision has to be the rear driver's fault. Tell that to the victim of a crash I looked into a few months ago where it turned out he hit an 18-wheeler pulling off the shoulder at night without its lights on. What's more, folks are often quick to assume motorcyclists must have been driving recklessly. That can certainly happen, but it's important to ensure the evidence can speak for itself.

Randall Lucabaugh Killed in Semi-Truck Accident in Botetourt County, VA

A while back, for example, a family came to me because police blamed their loved one for recklessly causing a crash, but they knew he was a safe rider. As we dug into things, evidence just wasn't adding up. Eventually, we were able to speak with a witness that revealed how badly the investigating officer misinterpreted the events.

While he claimed the motorcyclist was speeding and weaving through traffic, all that actually happened was the motorcyclist passed the witness on the left, then went back to the right. In fact, the witness was going under the speed limit at the time. Had it not been for our more thorough independent investigations, who knows if the truth ever would have come to light.

Maybe authorities here are being perfectly thorough, but I've helped hundreds of families involved in commercial vehicle accidents who found initial details lacking. Taking steps to make up for those shortcomings can be a crucial step toward ensuring a grieving family gets the answers they deserve.

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