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Car Accidents May Happen Due to Improper Passing
A tragic motor vehicle accident involving two cars recently took the lives of two individuals in Virginia. The head-on car accident occurred along Route 683. These types of car accidents may happen as a result of a driver’s carelessness, which is grounds for litigation.
According to police, a 25-year-old man was driving south along the highway and tried to pass a fellow driver moving in the same direction. Police said, however, that the area was a no-passing zone. Authorities reported that the man ended up hitting an SUV that was going north at the time.
The 25-year-old man did not have a safety belt on when the collision occurred and passed away at the crash scene. The SUV driver, a 71-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. However, he also died while in the hospital. The SUV driver had a passenger, 3 years old, in the motor vehicle with him as well. The child, who was in a safety belt, survived the crash but was transported to the hospital for the treatment of injuries sustained.
The surviving loved ones of the SUV driver who died in the Virginia collision may choose to file a wrongful death claim, seeking the reimbursement of monetary damages. In addition, a personal injury claim can be filed in light of the young child’s injuries. Even though the car driver who reportedly caused the accident ended up dying as a result of it, his estate may still be sued. Anyone with an ownership interest in the car may also be named in a lawsuit. A successfully litigated suit might lead to an award of financial damages that can help with covering funeral costs and other economic losses stemming from these types of car accidents, and victims may even be able to recover non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and loss of consortium.
Source: wsls.com, “Police investigate double fatal car crash“, Jack Roskopp, April 9, 2018