When a car crashed into a dialysis clinic on Three Chopt Road in Henrico County, Virginia (VA), west of Richmond, two people standing in the lobby of the building suffered serious injuries. The person behind the wheel of the vehicle was not hurt, but one of the injured victims lost her life within hours of the accident.
Police could not determine why the driver lost control and ran into the building, and authorities did not immediately file charges against the at-fault driver. The other person injured in the crash is expected to recover.
The Virginia Wrongful Death Lawyers' Perspective
Not hitting a building may seem like the easiest thing a driver can do, but such accidents are quite common. People can get distracted or confused and hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. The accelerator can get stuck. Alcohol or drugs can impair a driver's perception and reaction time, preventing him or her from stopping in time. Drivers can suffer medical emergencies or illnesses that make them unable to keep their vehicles under control.
Only the completed police investigation will reveal whether any of those situations occurred prior to the Henrico County wreck. Regardless of what authorities find, the fact remains that the crash killed one person and hospitalized another. Even if the at-fault driver is never charged with a criminal offense, the person could potentially be held liable for causing a death and injuries.
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