Likely, some Virginia drivers occasionally find themselves following too closely behind the vehicle in front of them. For safety reasons, this practice is not recommended; in most cases, the moment passes and no harm is done. However, some drivers who follow other cars too closely end up causing a car accident, especially if other factors are at play, such as speeding and/or reckless driving.
In a recent example, a woman died after a man driving a box truck set off a multi-vehicle collision. The horrific incident happened early on a Monday evening. The box truck driver first rear-ended another vehicle, then crashed into the rear of a pickup truck. The second crash pushed the pickup off the road and into a wall. That vehicle then overturned onto another vehicle, causing it to collide with yet another vehicle.
Reportedly, the 57-year-old woman driving the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The box truck driver was taken from the scene via ambulance. He has since been charged with reckless driving. Police have not said whether any of the other people involved in the incident suffered any injuries.
Sadly, the irresponsible actions of a driver ended with the death of a woman who, unfortunately, happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The victim’s family may consider pursuing a wrongful death civil lawsuit against the driver responsible, separate from any criminal charges he now faces. A successfully litigated lawsuit could provide the family some comfort and also help mitigate the unexpected expenses that tend to arise following a car accident like this one, such as funeral expenses and lost future wages. A knowledgeable Virginia attorney experienced in personal injury could review the case details and discuss their legal options.