Postal Truck and Motorcycle in Deadly Crash
Posted on January 25, 2017
A collision between a postal truck and a motorcycle had deadly consequences. The tragic accident occurred in Augusta County, just outside Staunton, Virginia, on Saturday February 18th, shortly after 4:00 p.m. The site of the crash was the 400 block of Parkersburg Turnpike.
A U.S. Postal Service truck was headed west on Parkersburg Turnpike, when it made a U-turn, and crashed into a 2000 Harley-Davidson Roadster that was headed in the eastern direction. The motorcyclist, Bill F. Claytor, Jr., age 33, of Staunton, was taken to Augusta Health, where he died shortly afterwards. The operator of the postal truck, Joseph T. Jackson, age 51, also of Staunton, did not suffer any injuries in the crash.
Mr. Jackson is facing the charge of failure to yield they right of way. Police are investigating the cause of the crash. This marks the second deadly motor vehicle accident in the area this year. The first fatal motor vehicle accident occurred on Eastside Highway when a woman from Crimora crashed into a propane truck. She succumbed to her injuries at the scene.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 4,693 motorcyclists perished in collisions in 2015. In the same year, motorcycle fatalities represented 13 percent of all deadly motor vehicle collisions, and there were more than twice the number of such fatalities than there were in 1997.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, or lost a loved one in such an accident, contact the motorcycle accident attorneys at Proner and Proner.