Many Virginia families celebrated Thanksgiving and began making plans for the rest of the December holiday season over the past weekend. Tragically, instead of holiday plans, at least 10 Virginia families are making funeral arrangements for their loved ones.
According to the Virginia State Police, at least 10 victims were killed in vehicle accidents over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. And those 10 deaths now bring the total number of people killed on Virginia roads this year to 737, compared to 664 deaths last year at this time. Two of this weekend's victims were killed in Richmond, two in Fairfax County, and two in Augusta County. The other victims were killed in crashes in Appomattox, Bedford, Caroline, and Spotsylvania Counties.
Bad drivers kept Virginia State Police troopers – who were out in full force – very busy. Troopers investigated 998 vehicle crashes. Nine of those accidents resulted in deaths. Records the agency provided also show that they issued the following citations/arrests:
- 8,016 drivers cited for speeding;
- 2,465 drivers cited for reckless driving;
- 102 arrested for driving under the influence;
- 598 cited for seat belt violations;
- 205 cited for child restraint violations.
Virginia Personal Injury Laws
Victims who sustain serious injuries in crashes are often focused on their injuries: dealing with the recovery and pain these injuries bring. Families of victims who are killed in crashes are focused on their grief and pain of losing their loved one. Speaking with a Virginia accident attorney and filing claims for the losses suffered in these crashes are usually the last thing victims and their families are thinking of following a crash.
But a vehicle crash can be devastating to a family, not only emotionally, but financially. This is why the state of Virginia has laws which allow victims to sue the party or parties who were responsible for the crash. The law allows these lawsuits as a way for a victim to “be made whole again.”
Injured victims can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party for compensation of the losses they have sustained. These damages can include medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and loss of life enjoyment. There may also be other damages a victim can sue for. A Virginia car accident attorney can explain those potential damages.
Families of accident victims who die in a crash may be able to file a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim is applicable when a victim who would otherwise have a personal injury claim is killed as a result of the actions of another party. Because the victim did not survive, his or her family or other representative may file the claim instead. In addition to the damages that the victim would have been entitled to in a personal injury claim, the family can also pursue damages for funeral and burial expenses, loss of the love and guidance the victim provided the family, loss of companionship, the value of the services the victim provided the family, and the loss of the victim’s future income.
Contact a Virginia Accident Attorney Today
If you have been injured or one of your family members were killed in a crash caused by another person’s negligence, contact a Virginia personal injury attorney to discuss what legal recourse you may have and how we may able to help.
Our Virginia personal injury and wrongful death attorneys have successfully advocated for numerous victims and their families in obtaining the compensation they deserved for their losses. It is important to note that these types of claims have a statute of limitations in how long victims have to file so it is imperative to contact our firm as soon as possible.