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2 Lynchburg residents killed in motocycle accident

Virginia State Police are still looking into an accident that occurred on June 9. The motorcycle accident resulted in the death of a 21-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman. At this time, police state alcohol doesn't appear to be a cause of the accident, though witness accounts do indicate that excessive speeds may have played a role.

The accident occurred when the 24-year-old woman attempted to cross over the northbound lanes of Route 501 in her vehicle. According to reports, her car was struck on the driver's side by a motorcycle that was being operated by the 21-year-old man. The man was reportedly traveling northbound on Route 501 at the time.

Witnesses say the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed. When the motorcycle hit the car, it caused the vehicle to flip over. The woman was wearing her seatbelt and the man was reportedly wearing a helmet. Even so, the man died at the scene from his injuries. The woman was transported to an area hospital, but she later also died from her injuries.

Police are still conducting an accident investigation to determine what caused the incident. Even though both drivers died, two families are potentially left without loved ones. At least one of the drivers' families -- the woman's family -- may be left with hospital bills after medical staff attempted to save the woman's life.

In such cases, insurance companies are still responsible to claims associated with their drivers. Even if a driver died in an accident, the company still has to cover damages and losses associated with his or her actions up until that point. Families in such a situation should understand the legal process and options for filing a claim that could help them move forward with the future.

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