The driver of a 2004 Toyota Camry lost control of his vehicle, ran off Interstate 64 (I-64) near Fort Eustis, in Newport News, VA and hit a tree, according to a report by WAVY-TV. The passenger, Chanatha D. Nettles, was critically injured. Both the driver and passenger were both wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Authorities said that it is unknown whether alcohol was involved.
Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers' Perspective
Our deepest condolences go out to the victims in this terrible accident. Depending on the cause of wreck, Ms. Nettles may have grounds to pursue a personal injury claim against the driver’s insurance and/or the vehicle manufacturer. If alcohol was a factor in the accident, Ms. Nettles’ claims may be compromised if she was aware that the driver was impaired and nevertheless made the decision to ride as his passenger. However, if she was not aware that the driver was impaired, she could possible pursue punitive damages, which is a form of additional compensation meant to deter the reckless behavior of the at-fault party.
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