Fatal Motorcycle Crash in VA leads to Charges Against Brian H. Beck
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Apr 13, 2010 in Car Accidents
James W. Boice, a 39 year old man from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was killed as a result of the negligence of Brian H. Beck, age 28. Mr. Beck was charged with reckless driving after his Jeep Cherokee struck the Suzuki Motorcycle that Mr. Boyce was on.
The motorcycle that Mr. Boyce was driving was stopped at an intersection in Leesburg, VA (East Battlefield Street and at around 6:30 am when this motorcycle accident occurred. After the crash Mr. James Boice was transported to Loudoun hospital center but he died of his injuries.
The funeral/memorial service for Mr. Boice (Mr. James Boyce) will be on Saturday April 17, 2010 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Charles Town WV.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Boice's family and friends. It is important that his family retain an investigator and/or attorney to investigate this crash and gather witness statements.
Unfortunately, those who drive motorcycles are often assumed to have contributed to a crash just because they operate a motorcycle. In states such as Virginia that recognize the antiquated doctrine of contributory negligence, it is important that victims' families act promptly to gather facts about how the accident happened so as to avoid the certain insurance company argument that the motorcyclist contributed to the crash.
In Virginia, if a motorist is even 1% at fault then he is barred from recovery in a civil lawsuit by the doctrine of contributory negligence.