Virginia drivers are always being told that wearing seat belts can save lives. Despite this fact, some drivers still do not utilize this simple device that could mean the difference between life and death. A recent head-on collision illustrates this fact, since the only fatality in the crash was the driver who was not wearing his seat belt.
The deceased man is also the driver believed to be responsible for the accident. According to the information police have gathered thus far, the driver was traveling headlong into oncoming traffic directly into the path of another vehicle. The other vehicle was not able to get out of the way in time to avoid a collision.
After the initial crash, the victim's vehicle sideswiped a pickup truck in the next lane. After being sideswiped, the victim's vehicle was then struck by yet another pickup truck. In total, the vehicle originally hit by the wrong-way driver made contact with three different vehicles.
Amazingly, the driver of that vehicle survived the crash, but did suffer serious injuries for which he was taken to the hospital. One of the pickup truck drivers was transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries described as non-life threatening. The only fatality reported was the driver of the vehicle believed to be responsible for the accident.
Virginia authorities do not believe that speed was a factor in this collision, but have not ruled out alcohol or drugs at this point. Upon completion of the investigation, the injured parties may have the right to file personal injury claims against the estate of the deceased driver. A successfully litigated lawsuit could result in a court awarding monetary relief that a victim can apply toward lost wages, medical bills and any rehabilitation expenses.
Source: nbc29.com, UPDATE: Fatal Car Accident on Rt. 29 South in Albemarle, No author, Jan. 24, 2014