• November 22, 2022

One Killed in Three-Vehicle Accident on I-95 in Colonial Heights, VA

Colonial Heights, VA — November 21, 2022, one person died in a multi-vehicle crash involving an 18-wheeler on Interstate 95 in Colonial Heights.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:45 a.m. on I-95 near the Temple Avenue exit. The cause and circumstances of the crash aren't clear but according to investigators it involved a Toyota Avalon, a motorcycle, and a tractor-trailer.

One fatality was confirmed by state police. It's unclear which vehicle the victim occupied or if there were other injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Colonial Heights 3-Vehicle Accident on I-95

There isn't a lot of clear information yet about how exactly this crash happened or what caused it, but any accident that causes injuries--particularly fatal ones--deserves careful investigation. To find the truth of what happened many possible factors must be considered, such as:

  • Operator errors like distraction, unsafe lane changes, or speeding;
  • Problems or defects in the vehicles;
  • Road and weather conditions;
  • Visibility and sightlines;
  • Other traffic in the area; and
  • Anything else that might have influenced or caused the crash.

Some may not think it's important to clarify every last detail, but it's always best to know the whole story. That's especially true in Virginia, which has laws that say someone even 1% responsible for their own injuries is barred from recovery after an accident. That's especially problematic after crashes with commercial trucks, as the companies behind them will almost always look for that 1% of fault to clear themselves of the other 99. I'm not saying the truck driver in Colonial Heights was behind what happened, but if that's suspected then there may be a long fight to hold them and their employer accountable. Clear and decisive evidence of exactly what happened would almost certainly be needed.

Unfortunately police investigations may not be enough to get that evidence, which is why after major accidents like this I often suggest a second look by independent experts. Sometimes they only confirm what authorities originally thought, but in many cases they uncover new details that change how a wreck is understood and what might follow it. Whatever is learned, the people affected deserve to know no stone was left unturned.

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