A Virginia car accident sadly took a man’s life late last year, leaving his family members to grieve and question how their loved one could be gone so soon. However, the man who police said caused the accident that killed the victim was recently sentenced to a year behind bars in connection with it. Sometimes these types of fatal car accidents happen due to the carelessness of a motorist. In this situation, the negligent driver behavior may be grounds not only for criminal charges but also civil litigation, depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident.
The recent accident took place when a man, 20, was driving to work one day and was suddenly T-boned by another car. The other car struck the man’s motor vehicle as he was trying to turn onto a street. Authorities said that the man who caused the crash was speeding at the time of the collision.
The 20-year-old man was pronounced deceased following the collision. Meanwhile, the man who killed him ended up facing a charge of reckless driving endangerment. In addition to being sentenced to jail, he will also have to pay a fine of $2,500.
In addition to facing problems in the Virginia criminal court system, the man who was sentenced to jail may face a civil lawsuit filed by the family members of the deceased car accident victim. These family members have the right to seek the reimbursement of monetary damages sustained in the crash. A successfully fought suit may lead to a financial reward that can help cover funeral costs and other expenses tied to these types of car accidents.
Source: wavy.com, “Man sentenced to a year in jail for deadly Virginia Beach crash“, Matthew Twist, Jan. 27, 2018