The Virginia State Police are performing an investigation into a two vehicle collision that killed a woman, age 86. The fatal accident took place on August 13 at approximately 1:00 p.m. A Ford Taurus was heading southbound on Route 220, but failed to yield to oncoming traffic when executing a left-hand turn onto Route 614. The Ford collided with a Buick Regal, which had been heading northbound on Route 220.
A passenger in the Ford was taken to an area hospital, but she did not survive the crash. The driver of the Buick was also injured in the accident. The incident is being investigated with the assistance of the Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team.
When there is a fatal car accident, the deceased's surviving family members are often facing a traumatic time emotionally. However, they may also be struggling financially due to their loved one's death. There may be medical expenses incurred prior to the victim's death, along with funeral expenses. While this specific accident lead to the death of an elderly woman, when the deceased is still working and is the primary wage-earner in the family, this can also cause financial strain during a difficult time.
For all these reasons, following a loved one's death the victim's survivors may wish to pursue a wrongful death claim. This can generally be done if a person's death was caused either intentionally or negligently by another person, and the death caused the victim's survivors to suffer financial damages. The facts of any given situation can vary greatly, so anyone who finds themselves in this type of situation will need to get more information about the options in their own unique case.