As many as 741 people were killed in Virginia as a result of car crashes in 2013, according to statistics released by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Between 2012 and 2013 the total number of persons who suffered injuries due to car collisions in the state stood at 65,114, from a total of 121,763 automobile crashes. The major reasons behind motor vehicle collisions in Virginia are distracted driving, drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs.
In a recent accident in Virginia, a 23-year-old woman was seriously injured and hospitalized after being struck by a car. The pedestrian-car accident occurred around 11:00 a.m., when a 75-year-old woman was driving westbound on Prices Fork Road and she failed to yield. The victim was struck by the vehicle in a crosswalk. Reports state that the victim of the crash, a local resident, was initially taken to Lewis Gale Montgomery Regional Hospital by the Blacksburg Rescue squad, but due the severity of her injuries she was then airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The accused claimed to have missed seeing the victim on the crosswalk while driving. She has been charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian by the police. According to reports, the driver is scheduled for a hearing this month.
In such cases, it is generally the liability of the accused to pay compensation to the accident victim if a civil lawsuit is filed. Such compensation may include funds to cover medical expenses, damages and lost wages from work. Obtaining such compensation involves dealing with negligent parties or insurance companies, which may be a difficult task for the victim and family members.
Source: WDBJ7.com, "Woman airlifted to hospital after getting hit by car in Blacksburg,"Jul 28, 2014