Virginia drivers know the importance of staying alert while behind the wheel. To ensure they are able to focus on the task at hand, drivers are smart to avoid drugs or alcohol prior to getting into a vehicle. They should also be well-rested and free from any health issues that may impair their abilities. Drivers whose attention is diverted for even a few seconds can cause serious car accidents, sometimes because they end up in the wrong lane where they may encounter vehicles traveling in the opposite direction. While many factors may contribute to this type of car accident, when two vehicles collide head-on, the drivers and passengers do not often all survive the tremendous impact.
An example of such a car accident happened on a recent Tuesday afternoon. According to authorities, a driver in a pickup truck traveling west on a roadway in Hanover County crossed the solid center line. The pickup crashed head-on into a sedan traveling in the opposite lane.
Three people involved in the accident, two passengers in the sedan and the pickup driver, were transported to a local hospital with injuries. Unfortunately, the sedan driver as well as the front passenger, died at the accident scene. Following the crash, police spent several hours at the scene, and they continue to investigate the incident.
The families of both deceased victims, in addition to grieving the loss of their loved ones, must be left wondering how a car accident such as this can happen. They are also likely encountering some of the unexpected expenses that tend to follow tragedies such as this, including funeral costs and lost future income. When the investigation concludes, it seems likely that the results will indicate that the actions of the wrong-way driver led to this tragic outcome. In that case, the family members have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit in Virginia civil court. An experienced personal injury attorney can review individual case details and provide valuable legal guidance to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation.