Carter Craig, Attorneys at Law

Virginia State Police search for cause of deadly car accident

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Virginia State Police are searching for answers regarding a recent accident on Route 460. The car accident occurred between 11:30 p.m. and 12 a.m. When emergency responders arrived at the scene, they found a vehicle that had flipped over and four people on the ground.

What is known so far is that the driver somehow lost control of the vehicle and drifted onto the right shoulder. When the driver attempted to get the vehicle back onto the road, she overcorrected. This caused the vehicle to flip, and all four of the vehicle’s occupants were thrown from it. One of those individuals -- who was determined to be the driver -- suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The three passengers all suffered injuries described as serious and life threatening.

Emergency personnel transported them to hospitals in the area to be treated for their injuries. Virginia State Police initially reported that one of the passengers succumbed to his or her injuries the next morning, but that report was in error. No information regarding their current conditions is available.

The passengers could be in for a lengthy recovery. The longer each of them remains in the hospital, the more medical expenses and lost wages they will incur, and those costs can quickly become unmanageable -- even with insurance. The law permits the victims of a car accident to file personal injury claims against the party or parties deemed responsible for their injuries. In this case, the passengers would file such claims against the driver’s estate. If negligence is proved, the court may consider an award of damages that could provide restitution for the financial burdens that inevitably accompany motor vehicle accidents.

Source: wdbj7.com, "State Police: Only one person killed in Giles County accident", , May 27, 2014

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