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Driver killed attempting to pass slow-moving big rig

Slow-moving semi-trucks can try a driver's patience, especially on Virginia's curvy rural highways. Car drivers are often tempted to pass a big rig even when road conditions and road markings dictate prudence. A recent car accident near Purcellville demonstrates how a moment of bad judgment can create a tragic accident.

A semi-trailer was traveling east on Purcellville Road when three vehicles pulled into the westbound lane and attempted to pass it. Lane markings indicated that all four vehicles were in a no-passing zone. The first two vehicles were able to pass the big rig and return to the eastbound lane, but the third vehicle collided head-on with a westbound vehicle. The driver of the eastbound vehicle died at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle was flown to a hospital in Fairfax for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Police are conducting a detailed investigation of the accident and its potential causes to determine who was at fault. Police will examine the contour of the highway, the sharpness of the curve, the condition of the pavement, the speed of the vehicles and whether either of the drivers in the collision had alcohol in their blood systems.

Anyone who has suffered an injury or lost a loved one in an accident where the cause is not immediately apparent may wish to consult a lawyer who is experienced in handling auto accident cases. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide an analysis of the facts and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.

Source: Loudoun Times-Mirror, "UPDATE: Fatal crash on Route 9; driver reportedly tried to pass tractor-trailer in no-passing zone," Oct. 13, 2017

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