A single-vehicle crash on Virginia's Eastern Shore left an 18-year-old passenger dead and three other people in the car hospitalized with injuries. The December 16, 2016, wreck in Accomack County, VA, happened on Atlantic Road between Bowden Lane and Thorton Road.
Police suspect the driver of the car was speeding before she ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree. The teen who lost her life at the scene of the accident had been riding in the backseat and was wearing a seat belt. Two of the surviving 17-year-old passengers' injuries were described as "serious" in news reports, but it is not known what types of injuries those individuals suffered.
This tragedy likely confronts the parents of the deceased young woman and the injured teenagers with the difficult decision of whether to file wrongful death and personal injury claims against the policy of the car's driver. The families may know each other well or even be related in various ways. Speaking with an empathetic Virginia wrongful death attorney could help the grieving and recovering families understand that drivers carry insurance precisely for these world-shattering events. The need for compensation is not diminished by the existence of personal relationship, and working with a caring legal representative when dealing with insurance company representatives can prevent personal acrimony.
My Virginia Beach-based law firm colleagues and I send our deepest condolences out to the friends and family of the young woman who died in this Eastern Shore crash. We also hope the other people injured the wreck make full and rapid recoveries.