Death of Tow Truck Driver on I-295 in Hanover Highlights Daily Dangers Faced by Towing Companies
Tow truck drivers face danger on a daily basis when they attend accidents on the roads of Virginia. I was saddened to read about how another tow truck driver has been killed, this time in a fatal accident off Interstate 295 in Hanover, Virginia.
CBS 6 reported on the accident on I-295 south on Thursday night. State Police said the tow truck driver was outside the vehicle when he was hit, police said.
According to reports the tow truck driver was struck by a sedan. News reports did not say if charges would be brought against the at-fault driver or the extent of the driver’s injuries. Irrespective of whether charges are brought the family of the tow truck driver may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
The two right lanes were closed at Meadowbridge Road, mile marker 38, about half mile away from Exit 360, according to reports.
In recent years we have seen a number of high profile crashes involving tow trucks in Hampton Roads. In 2011, two tow truck drivers were killed in a crash on I-64 in Newport News.
Also in 2011, a Newport News man was sentenced to seven years and 10 months in prison for driving drunk and killing a tow-truck driver on Interstate 64.
Andy Starmer, 37, a tow truck driver for Superior Towing, died beside the interstate after being struck near the J. Clyde Morris Boulevard exit ramp. Starmer had been on the roadway’s left shoulder, securing a disabled minivan to his truck, when a driver veered about three feet off the road and struck him.
The deaths of tow truck drivers prompted a widening of Virginia’s “move-over law” that applies to emergency vehicles to include tow trucking companies. Drivers approaching blue or orange flashing lights must move over a lane or slow down.
If you are a tow truck driver who has been injured in his or her job or any other driver who has been injured due to the fault of another driver, call our Norfolk car accident injury lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see Cooperhurley.com.