Although speeding is practically part of the American driving experience, it remains a crime because it is unnecessarily dangerous. Some experts say that the chances of dying in a car accident are ten times higher at 70 miles per hour than half that speed. As a result, we should all be more thoughtful about our velocity on highways.
A tragic accident in Petersburg highlights the need for speed control. Two people were killed and several others were injured in a multi-vehicle crash that reportedly began with a Jeep moving faster than 110 mph on Interstate 295.
The vehicle exited the highway before a Virginia State Police officer caught up with it. Next, it appears the Jeep headed into oncoming traffic on Route 460, striking several vehicles. A 42-year-old woman and a 25-year-old woman in the same vehicle were killed in the collision.
Bystanders reported that authorities detained one person in the aftermath of the crash. This person may be subject to criminal charges pending an investigation by local and state authorities.
Regardless, victims of this accident and the survivors of the people killed in it may have a case for financial damages in civil court. Money alone may feel like an insult after a tragic loss that nothing can replace, but the proceeds of these claims can help survivors cope with loss and move on as well as possible.
An attorney can help discuss this option with the victims or the survivors of victims of a crash. Legal representation also makes sure that no one goes through this difficult phase alone.