Motorcyclist Killed in Fredericksburg, VA, Accident on I-95
Fredericksburg, VA -- June 4, 2017, a motorcyclist was killed following an accident in which his vehicle collided with an improperly stopped 18-wheeler.
Officials from the Fredericksburg Police Department were called out to the scene of the accident at around 4:00 a.m. The crash took place near the intersection of I-95 and Highway 639 (Fall Hill Avenue).
According to investigators, an 18-wheeler, for reasons which have yet to be determined, was pulled off to the side of the southbound traffic lanes. Police report that the 18-wheeler was improperly stopped in the roadway, blocking traffic lanes. As it was protruding into lanes of travel, the 18-wheeler was rear-ended by a motorcyclist.
The collision ejected the motorcyclist onto the shoulder of the highway. EMS was called to the scene, but they say the victim died at the scene. No other injuries occurred.
Police have not released any additional details at this time, and it's unclear if any charges or citations are being considered.
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There definitely details here which need to be closely examined by a professional. Reports are claiming that the 18-wheeler was improperly stopped on the interstate. Put simply, a commercial vehicle that's blocking traffic lanes is breaking the law. Now I can understand that sometimes mechanical breakdowns and other issues can cause an 18-wheeler to breakdown suddenly and without enough time to properly pull off the roadway. That being said, there are still necessary steps which must be taken for the safety of others on the roadway.
Commercial vehicles are required, in these situations, to place reflectors, flares, and other warning signals behind their vehicle to warn drivers of the obstruction. I've seen a lot of accidents where a truck driver will just turn on their flashers and call it a day. This simply isn't enough precaution--especially when the accident happens in these early morning hours. There neds to be as much viability as possible in these cases so that drivers have ample time to slow down and shift lanes away from the broken down vehicle. Failing to do so, as we can see, can result in tragic accidents.
Police say that the 18-wheeler was stopped in the roadway, but they haven't mentioned what safety measures if any the truck driver took to avoid an accident like this. Considering someone tragically lost their life here, I'm inclined to believe that not every possible action was taken to warn drivers that the 18-wheeler was in the roadway. If this is indeed the case, there needs to be a thorough investigation by a professional to determine exactly why this accident was allowed to occur and what actions could have been taken to avoid it.
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