Troy Mead Massey from Portsmouth Killed in Fiery Wreck on James River Bridge

I was saddened to read about the tragic death of Troy Mead Massey on the James River Bridge last night. Accident reports suggest the Portsmouth man was driving across the bridge when he was hit from behind by a Ford pickup, causing his car to burst into flames.

The impact caused Mr. Massey’s Ford Sedan to hit a Pontiac Grand Prix in front of it. The dramatic images of the fire on the James River Bridge were broadcast on local media, and one northbound lane of US-17 was closed for hours on Wednesday afternoon.

Troy Mead Massey died in fiery James River Bridge crash

Traffic cams showed the build up of traffic at the James River Bridge

While most motorists will soon forget the delays they faced during another wreck in Hampton Roads, Mr. Massey’s family will have to live for the rest of their lives with the consequences of the actions of one driver. My thoughts are with them after this tragedy.

Police have charged the pickup truck driver from Smithfield with reckless driving, according to reports. They say alcohol was not a factor in this wreck.

The full facts of this crash are not clear, but there are a number of factors that can cause a serious rear-end crash including:

1 Excess speed

2 Tailgating

3 Distracted driving

4 Defective brakes

When a driver hits another vehicle, he or she is often liable for a personal injury claim or a wrongful death lawsuit brought by family members of the deceased who can claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy.

No two cases are the same, and we cannot guarantee the result of a case, but our injury lawyers secured a $3.5 million settlement for the child of a man who was killed in a fiery wreck on I-64 in Norfolk. His car was traveling slowly after experiencing a tire problem, and it was rear-ended by a truck, causing a fiery wreck.

If you have lost a family member in a wreck, please call our experienced Virginia car accident wreck lawyers today at (757) 455-0077 or read the reviews of our former clients.

Bill O'Mara



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