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Driver killed after car ricochets off concrete barrier

One of the most common sights on Virginia's streets is the concrete traffic barrier. These barriers -- called jersey walls due to the location of their invention -- are intended to separate traffic lanes, reduce the force of impacts and prevent vehicles from abruptly changing lanes after hitting the wall. Unfortunately, a jersey wall on a street in Springfield, Virginia, may have partially caused a recent fatal collision.

On January 11, a Manassas resident was driving south on Loisdale Road in a Ford Ranger when his vehicle swerved and hit a jersey wall. The car bounced off the concrete barrier and collided head on with a northbound car in the opposite lane. The driver of the Ranger was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The driver of the northbound vehicle was hospitalized with non-life threatening.

Police have not announced a cause of the accident, both alcohol and excess speed have been ruled out. Detectives are investigating whether the decedent may have suffered a medical emergency that caused him to lose control of his pickup truck. Police did not mention road conditions as a potential cause of the accident.

This case raises many questions. If the deceased driver suffered a medical emergency, was it because he failed to take prescription medication? Was the jersey wall out of position? Did another vehicle strike the jersey wall and push it out of alignment? Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in an accident in which the exact cause is obscure may wish to consult an attorney who is experienced in handling such claims for an evaluation of the facts and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages from the party who is at fault.

Source: The Washington Post, "Driver killed after colliding with oncoming vehicle in Springfield, Va.," Ellie Silverman, Jan. 12, 2018

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