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Car accidents involving pedestrians may lead to death

A teenage boy's life was recently snuffed out in a tragic pedestrian crash in Virginia. The collision occurred on a Monday night while the boy was attempting to cross a street on a scooter. Now, the boy's surviving loved ones and school community are left to grieve over the loss of his life at the start of the current school year. These types of car accidents may happen as a result of a driver's carelessness, which is grounds for litigation.

The pedestrian crash occurred at about 8 p.m. A neighbor in the area mentioned that the driver of an automobile was going around 80 miles per hour at a minimum, right before the crash happened. The neighbor said that he feared at the time that the car would hit the boy, and it all happened rather suddenly.

The boy ended up being pronounced deceased at the accident scene. The automobile driver did remain at the crash scene after striking the teenager. Police said it did not appear that alcohol was a causal factor in the collision, but they continued to investigate the crash.

If police determine that the driver was behaving negligently behind the wheel at the time of the collision -- for example, driving too quickly or driving while distracted -- then he or she may face a wrongful death claim filed by the loved ones of the teenage boy. Competent proof of negligence is required to establish liability before the civil court hearing the case. Once this happens, claims for damages will be decided. A case that is fought successfully might lead to a monetary damage award that may help with covering funeral costs and other losses tied to these types of car accidents in Virginia.

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