Major roads in Virginia are not only easily accessible and convenient but are also heavily relied on by residents and local commuters. Although these roadways are beneficial, they can also be the stage for tragedy. It is common for drivers to witness various types of car accidents on the roads. Whether it is a simple fender bender or a multi-vehicle collision, injuries and damages could be a part of any type of crash. In some cases, an accident could be so severe that it takes the life of a driver or passenger.

The Virginia State Police recently responded to a fatal accident that involved two vehicles. The accident took place near exit 152 on Interstate-95 in the southbound lanes near Dumfries.

Emergency crews assessed those involved in the crash. The 37-year-old driver of one of the cars was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver and a passenger in that vehicle suffered serious injuries and were transported to the hospital for medical treatment.

A portion of the interstate was closed for about an hour until authorities reopened one southbound lane. The remaining lanes were closed for an additional three hours to allow for the accident investigation. The fatal car crash remains under investigation, and once complete, the police should be able to establish cause and liability.

When a driver is negligent and causes an accident, they could be liable for the resulting injuries, deaths and damages. Whether it is because of speeding, reckless driving or distracted driving, a driver could endure civil liabilities following a crash. Those affected could file a personal injury claim or if the victim is killed in the accident, the loved ones of the driver could file a wrongful death suit. Either claim could allow for compensation to be collected to cover expenses associated with the accident.

A serious accident could significantly affect the victims involved as well as their family. Dealing with an injury, the loss of a loved one or the resulting bills can be traumatic. Those affected should understand whether they have a cause of action so they can file a claim to alleviate their financial hardships.

Source: NBC Washington, “Fatal Accident Shuts Down Part of I-95 Southbound,” Jan. 24, 2014