Failure to stop before entering a major highway appears to have caused a fatal three-vehicle wreck in Chesapeake, Virginia (VA). The deadly crash involving a car, a pickup and an SUV occurred at the intersection of U.S. 17 and Cornland Road on the afternoon of May 13, 2015.
According to a report on WAVY-TV 10, the SUV driver ignored a stop sign while merging onto U.S. 17 South. This led to a collision with the pickup, which spun out of control and slammed into the car. A mother carrying an unborn child who was in the back seat of the car died in a hospital nearly two days later; her fetus was laso lost. The drivers of all three vehicles also sustained serious injuries.
Expectant mothers often suffer twice when they become victims of traffic accidents. Not only can they sustain broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and blunt force injuries that can prove deadly, they also may lose the baby they have nurtured inside their own bodies for many months.
It is unclear whether the person behind the wheel of the SUV will face any criminal charges related to causing the crash and its resulting injuries and deaths. Whether that happens or not, the possibility exists that the at-fault driver can be held accountable for settling insurance claims and paying compensation for personal injuries and wrongful deaths in civil court. The injured drivers in the pickup and car, as well as the family of the pregnant woman who did not survive, may have grounds for filing lawsuits against the person who inflicted so much harm on them through either negligence or recklessness.