Accomack County, Virginia (VA), was the scene of a fatal head-on collision on the afternoon of August 13, 2014. According to a State Police report, a car crossed the center line of U.S. 13 and hit an SUV traveling in the opposite direction. The wreck occurred at the intersection with VA Route 852 in the town of Temperanceville, in an area where the two rural routes are named Lankford Highway and Temperanceville Road.
The driver of the SUV suffered serious injuries and was transported to a hospital across the state line in Salisbury, Maryland (MD). The woman behind the wheel of the car lost her life.
All evidence collected during the initial investigation points to the crash being a tragic accident. Law enforcement officials ruled out alcohol as a factor, and no mention was made of excessive speeding, dangerous weather or unsafe traffic conditions. As a Virginia personal injury lawyer who has helped hundreds of people hurt in collisions of all types, however, I know that drivers have legal obligations to stay in their own lanes at all times. A full investigation will be needed to determine the exact cause of this crash, but even medical emergencies and mechanical failures usually cannot prevent a victim from filing claims for medical treatments, lost wages and pain and suffering against an at-fault driver's auto insurance policy.
My condolences go out to the friends and family member of the deceased woman, along with my hopes for a full recover by the person injured.