A three-vehicle head-on collision in Southwest Virginia on the afternoon of June 2, 2016, left two people dead and two others hospitalized with serious injuries. The fatal crash occurred at the intersection of Commonwealth Boulevard and Virginia Avenue near the boundary where the city of Martinsville transitions into Henry County.
Virginia State Police reported that the driver of a BMW sedan caused the deadly wreck by speeding into the intersection, crossing the center line and striking a van and a Nissan sedan that were turning left. A passenger in the BMW was killed at the scene, while the drivers of the van and Nissan survived with major injuries. The at-fault driver lost his life after being taken to a hospital.
Troopers originally announced their intention to file charges against the man driving the BMW. That plan proved moot when he passed away. Despite his death, his estate and auto insurance policy should remain liable for settling personal injury and wrongful death claims. One of the reasons Virginia requires drivers to carry insurance is to ensure that victims of negligence or recklessness do not end up paying the full costs of harms inflicted by someone else. The obligation to compensate victims does not go away when the responsibility party passes.
Consulting with an experienced Virginia car accident attorney could help the passenger's family and the injured drivers receive the payments they need to cover their losses.