A late-night head-on collision on Virginia's Northern Neck claimed the life of an innocent driver and sent the deceased woman's husband and son to hospitals with life-threatening injuries. The deadly Richmond County wreck occurred outside of the town of Warsaw at around 2:30 am on August 28, 2016.
According to police and news reports, the at-fault driver crossed the center line of Virginia Route 3 near the turnoff to Oldhams Road. The woman driving the other car died at the scene. In addition to her child and his father, two other passengers in the woman's car sustained injuries that required hospital treatment. It is unclear if the man who caused the head-on collision will face charges for driving recklessly, taking a life or inflicting injuries on four people.
Possible criminal consequence may depend on why the at-fault driver failed to stay on his own side of the highway. Falling asleep at the wheel or driving after getting drunk or taking drugs would bring charges. If he suffered a medical emergency, however, he might not receive citations or face trial.
No explanation, however, seems likely to excuse the driver who caused the head-on from settling insurance claims or paying compensation to the victims. Drivers retain their duties to keep their cars under control at all times. If their health makes staying in their own lane or appropriately responding to changing traffic conditions, drivers can still bear responsibility for harming other people. Speaking with a knowledgeable and sympathetic Virginia wrongful death and personal injury lawyer would help the victims understand how to hold the man who caused this Richmond County wreck accountable whatever led to the tragedy.