The driver of the car ran off of the highway in Chesterfield County, Virginia (VA), slammed into a barrier wall and then smashed into the two stopped police cars.
The driver and his three child passengers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Meanwhile, the state patrol cars were on the side of the road to help another driver with a flat tire.
Fortunately, the driver of the other vehicle and the police officers were not injured. However, both police cars suffered at least $7000 in damages.
We are relieved that no one was seriously injured in this serious car accident. This crash is a potent reminder that we all should pay strict attention to what we are doing while driving. If you do not see two stopped police cars on the side of the road with their lights flashing, clearly you are not paying attention to the road!
Our personal injury law firm frequently works on car accidents that turned out far worse than the above accident. In some cases, the innocent children in the vehicles suffer serious injuries. But in Virginia, rules for personal injury cases can sometimes be less favorable to the family of a loved one than other states.
That said, our law firm has the experience to understand that Virginia courts can actually be MORE flexible for helping the parents of children hurt in an accident. Once a settlement is reached in a car accident in Virginia where children are hurt, the state requires what is called an ‘infant settlement.’ This is where the court has to approve a personal injury settlement that involves a lawsuit with a child involved.
The court does not usually second guess settlements reached by the parents and their attorney. But the Virginia courts do want to ensure that any injuries to the child have been fully taken into account. Our lawyers have seen that the circuit court in Virginia actually has more flexibility to ensure that the child receives all of the benefits of the settlement money.
So, it is to the benefit of car accident victims to work with a Virginia attorney who understands these complicated rules.