The family of a woman who lost her life in a three-vehicle wreck on I-95 through Massaponax, Virginia (VA), may find it difficult to secure compensation and other damages from the at-fault driver because state police say he lacks insurance. Two passengers in the car of the man charged with reckless driving for making an unsafe lane change and hitting a pickup truck also suffered injuries that required hospital treatment in the December 17, 2016, crash.
According to multiple news reports, the crash started when a car clipped a pickup truck near Exit 126 from the interstate in Spotsylvania County. That impact caused the person in the pickup to lose control and cross the median. After entering the path of oncoming traffic, the pickup collided with an SUV, sending the SUV off the road and into a sign.
The woman behind the wheel of the SUV died from her injuries after being taken to a hospital. Law enforcement officials later discovered that the man charged with making the dangerous lane change did not have a valid license and carried no automobile insurance.
In such a situation, the family of the deceased victim may be able to file a wrongful death claim under the uninsured motorist (UIM) provision of her own insurance policy. Working with an experienced Virginia wrongful death attorney while pursuing this option is recommended because an insurer often contests a UIM claim as strenuously as any other request for compensation and damages. Consulting with a plaintiff's attorney could also help the grieving family discretely and confidentially look into potential safety problems with the median and road sign design and maintenance.