Car accidents can unexpectedly change the lives of victims and families in an instant. A 3-car crash in Virginia recently claimed the lives of 2 people and injured 6 others. According to authorities, the multiple vehicle accident occurred when a mini-van crossed the median and struck a passenger vehicle head on. The impact of the multiple vehicle accident caused the passenger vehicle to flip and strike another van. The 44-year old driver of the minivan that crossed the median was transported to the hospital with serious injuries; the 20 year old passenger in her vehicle was killed in the accident.
The 63-year old man driving the passenger vehicle that was struck head on was also killed in the accident, and his 64-year old wife, a passenger in the vehicle, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The 53-year-old driver of the second van struck in the accident, along with his 46-year-old wife and children aged 7 and 9, also had to be transported to the hospital with serious injuries suffered in the accident. Following the tragedy, the Virginia State Police Chesapeake Division’s Crash Reconstruction Team continued to investigate the accident, and charges were pending.
When a negligent driver has harmed victims and their family members in a car accident, the legal process provides resources, including personal injury and wrongful death claims, to help victims seek compensation for the harm they have suffered. While damages generally depend on the circumstances of each accident and each victim, compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages suffered in a car accident may be available to victims and their families.
It is helpful for car accident victims to understand that resources are available to protect them following a car accident needlessly caused by a negligent driver. Victims and their families can summon these resources during the difficult period that commonly follows a car accident.
Source: Daily Press, “Virginia Beach crash kills two, injures six,” Hillary Smith, Dec. 10, 2016