A Nissan CUV hit a tractor-trailer in Virginia Beach early Thursday morning. According to WAVY.com, around 1:40 a.m. a 2006 Mack tractor-trailer entered the intersection of Diamond Springs Road and Bayside Road in Virginia Beach. The tractor-trailer driver had a green light and proceeded through the intersection. A 2014 Nissan Rogue approached the intersection from Bayside Road, ran the red light, and crashed into the landing gear of the trailer, as reported by WAVY.com.
The impact spun the Nissan off the road and onto a sidewalk. The tractor-trailer stopped in the median past the intersection on Diamond Springs Road and the driver was apparently uninjured.
The Nissan driver and a passenger were reported as suffering life-threatening injuries. They were transported to a hospital for treatment, but their current condition is unknown.
The passenger in a vehicle is usually helpless to prevent an accident. Even if the passenger in this accident saw that the driver was about to run a red light, what could be done at that point? Most likely, nothing.
Passengers usually know the drivers with which they are riding. Sometimes they are friends or even relatives. Even though a driver may be responsible for this crash, a passenger may be reluctant to pursue a claim for damages, especially if a driver was seriously injured as well.
An experienced personal injury attorney can evaluate this passenger’s potential claim for compensation for the medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering this accident caused.