A Ford Ranger pickup was driving westbound on Lee Highway near Old Lee Highway in Fairfax County, Virginia, when the driver lost control of his car. He crossed into oncoming traffic, and smashed into a Ford Taurus going the other direction. The driver of the Taurus died later in the hospital from his injuries. State police have charged the Ranger driver, Carlos Rios, with failure to maintain control of his vehicle.
Rios also hit a GMC Yukon. Speed and alcohol did not contribute to the crash, according to the police.
Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer Perspective:
It always is so important for drivers to maintain control of their vehicles when they are driving. Pay attention to the road, obey speed limits, and never be distracted by the cell phone, radio or passengers. Tragedy can usually be avoided if really pay attention to our driving. Our hearts go out to the family of the victim in this terrible accident.
The driver of the Ford Ranger has been cited for failure to control his vehicle, so there is a good chance that he could be sued in civil court for a wrongful death claim. This case should be examined in detail by an experienced personal injury attorney to determine if it is a good candidate for such a claim.
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