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Car Crash in Bristol Leads to Injuries

A passenger's life has been changed forever after a speeding, reckless driver crashed in Bristol, Virginia (VA). The car wreck occurred on Kingmill Pike near the intersection of Lavina Street. According to police, the driver lost control of his 2000 Buick LeSabre, ran the car off the left side of the road, and slammed into a utility pole.

Tricities.com reported that the at-fault driver may have been speeding and impaired by alcohol and also that passenger Ivan Lopez was seriously injured, needing to be transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center. A third passenger fled the scene on foot.

If the injured passenger is forced to miss a significant time from work, racks up large medical bills, and has his quality of life significantly hindered because of the wreck, he should contact a personal injury attorney in Virginia. When an at-fault defendant causes an injury due to reckless or wanton conduct, many courts allow a plaintiff to pursue punitive damages. This is an additional form of compensation that is meant to send a message to the defendant, and the community at large, that the defendant's behavior was unacceptable.

To learn more about a victim's rights after a car accident,
read this free consumer report that was written by experienced VA injury lawyers.

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