A 38 year-old Mascot, Virginia man was killed in a head-on collision in King & Queen County. According to reports from law enforcement, the victim was driving north on Elsom Mascot Road at approximately 8 a.m. when the fatal accident occurred.
Another driver, who was traveling on Elsom Mascot Road, came upon the scene of the accident and contacted police. The victim was declared dead at the scene. The other driver, a 23 year-old Church View woman, was airlifted to Norfolk General Hospital where, according to police, she was being treated for what was described as non-life threatening injuries.
The King and Queen County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fatal crash, but did say that it appears that neither drugs, alcohol, nor excessive speed contributed to the accident. The investigating officer did point out that in head-on collisions where speed or alcohol are not factors, it often turns out that one of the drivers involved was involved in some kind of distracted driving activity – such as texting or other cell phone use. Another common reason is drowsy driving, where one of the drivers has fallen asleep at the wheel and smashes into the other vehicle.
Studies show that distracted driving is even more dangerous than drunk driving. Texting and driving is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated, and has now become the number one cause of fatal accidents involving teenagers.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the other party for you pain and loss.