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Legal settlement reached following tragic Virginia car accident

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A recent legal settlement will benefit the infant daughter of a man killed in a Virginia car crash last year. The settlement, in the amount of $100,000, was approved by a Roanoke Circuit Court judge following a lengthy accident investigation.

The tragic accident that led to this legal settlement occurred in June, 2015. Two men, ages 21 and 26, both of Clifton Forge, were traveling southbound on Botetourt Road in Botetourt County in a Mazda Protege. A female driver of Martinsville was headed northbound on the same road in a Ford Mustang when she collided with the Mazda. Both men died as a result of the accident. Police investigated the car collision for almost a year, which led to a criminal indictment for reckless driving against the driver of the Ford. Her criminal trial is pending.

The settlement funds are being paid by the insurance company of the Ford driver to the 21-year-old's estate. They will primarily be for the benefit of the 21-year-old's infant daughter, who was only 10 months old at the time of the wreck. Additionally, the negligent driver's insurance company also paid $100,000 to the estate of the 26-year-old deceased victim earlier this year.

Insurance settlements are common after car accidents that have resulted in substantial injuries or death. They offer a way for a victim or his or her family to recover damages following a major crash. If you have been the victim of a car accident or lost a loved one in a car accident, you may find it beneficial to speak with an attorney regarding available legal options in hopes of recovering compensation.

Source: The Roanoke Times, "Insurance pays $100K to estate of man killed in Botetourt crash," Neil Harvey, Oct. 6, 2016

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