Four people have been hospitalized after a three-vehicle crash in Norfolk. According to WTKR.com, a Honda Civic traveling southbound near the 3100 block of Azalea Garden Road crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a Ford Expedition head-on. The impact with the Ford caused the Civic to crash into a Chevy Suburban that had been traveling in front of it in the northbound lane.
The Civic was carrying an adult female and two children, all of whom were transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital along with the driver of the Expedition. One of the children is a 4-year-old girl. She sustained life-threatening injuries but is stable. The driver of the Expedition sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Norfolk police are conducting an investigation into the cause of the accident.
I hope that the four people injured in this crash have a full recovery. This young girl has already shown resilience in the face of life-threatening injury. I only wish these children didn’t have to deal with the trauma of a serious accident at such a young age.
The man driving the Expedition should consider speaking to a personal injury lawyer about a potential claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance provider to compensate him for his injuries. There is no indication that the accident was his fault, and he should not have to bear the burden of the costs associated with his injuries.
The woman in the Civic has not been identified as the legal guardian of the two children. If she is their guardian, she should also consider enlisting the help of a personal injury attorney to pursue a claim on behalf of the two children. Regardless of whether she is the at-fault driver, her children are still accident victims who may be entitled to compensation. The young girl has very serious injuries and may require extensive medical treatment and therapy to recover. In addition to physical pain, both children will have to deal with memories of the accident and possible post-accident-trauma. Unfortunately, emotional injury can endure well beyond physical injury.
After an accident, a victim who is seriously injured seeks compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. This is still the case when the at-fault driver is a relative or friend of the victim. Our firm deals with insurance companies on a daily basis, and we want you to know that suing the at-fault driver’s insurance company is not the same as suing the driver; that’s why drivers pay for insurance coverage. See our case results for more details about settlements we have secured for clients who were seriously injured in a car accident.