What Happened: As reported on nbc29.com, two men were traveling in a Mercedes down Shores Road in Fluvanna County when the driver veered off the left side of the road. According to the Virginia State Police, the driver then attempted to steer his car back into the lane but overcorrected, leading his car to speed off the right side of the road and strike a tree. Both the driver and his passenger died on the scene. State police were investigating the crash, as of the date of this posting.
Here is a map showing the location of the accident:
The Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective: Our deepest condolences go out to the loved one's of the passenger. We do not know, at this time, what exactly caused the driver to suddenly veer off the road. Was the driver intoxicated? Was there a mechanical issue? We will have to wait and see what the accident report reveals. If it turns out that the driver was negligent in operating his vehicle, then the family of the passenger may have grounds to pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver's insurance company.
Potentially Helpful Info: Our firm published a blog discussing the process of filing a claim against the insurance policy of a friend or family member. It's, understandably, uncomfortable, but may be necessary. Our personal injury law firm also published an in-depth guide on the wrongful death claims process in Virginia. Take a moment to download the guide here.
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