Virginia State Police announced yesterday the names of a 44 year-old woman and her 12 year-old daughter who died in an apparent DUI crash in Augusta County, Virginia.
According to the police, the woman and her daughter were driving west on Route 250 at the intersection with Route 792, when her car was hit at high speed by an SUV. Police stated that the driver of the SUV failed to stop at a red light. They suspect he was driving under the influence of alcohol.
The SUV driver and his passenger were taken to a local hospital for minor injuries, but the mother and daughter died at the scene. The alleged drunk driver faces two counts of DUI manslaughter.
As personal injury attorneys representing drunk driving victims in Virginia, our goal in every one of these cases is to find all possible sources of insurance recovery. We want to help the innocent victims of drunk driver foolishness and criminal behavior to receive as much compensation under the law as possible.
Our personal injury team carefully analyzes each drunk driving personal injury case to determine how to obtain the maximum financial award to pay for the victim’s:
· Medical expenses
· Lost wages
· Pain and suffering
· Permanent injuries
· Loss of consortium
In particularly egregious drunk driving cases, such as when the drunk driver has a blood alcohol content far above the legal amount, we may be able to bring a claim for punitive damages as well. This type of punishment compensation can be appropriate if the drunk driver is found to have been grossly negligent.
We send our deepest condolences to the family of the innocent victims in this tragic case. Also, we hope that the alleged drunk driver, if found guilty, is punished to the fullest extent of the law. This should serve as a warning to others to never drink and drive.