A collision between two SUVs in Newport News, Virginia (VA), on the afternoon of November 26, 2016, left one passenger dead and nine other people hospitalized with injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening. The deadly wreck happened at the intersection of Harpersville Road and Louise Drive.
Newport News police and witnesses reported that the at-fault driver ran a stop sign on Louise Drive and hit the other vehicle. The impact flipped over the SUV that had been traveling straight on Harpersville Road, and the deceased victim was riding in that overturned vehicle. That person remained unidentified the following day.
All the people in both SUVs who survived the fatal crash sustained injuries that required medical treatment. The number of victims almost surely creates a situation in which the at-fault driver's auto insurance policy coverage limits will be reached long before settlements for a wrongful death and numerous personal injuries are settled. Speaking with a knowledgeable and caring Virginia Wrongful death and personal injury lawyer will help family members and innocent victims understand their legal rights and options for receiving adequate compensation for the financial and emotional losses. Two possible strategies could involve filing underinsured motorist claims with their own insurance companies and against the insurance policy of the driver who did not cause the failure-to-stop crash.
Dealing with insurance companies is surely a concern for a later date, however. For now, my plaintiffs' attorney colleagues and I send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the passenger killed in the stop sign-running wreck, and we hope all the injured individuals make quick and full recoveries.