A head-on collision in Virginia Beach, VA, sent two people to the hospital and left a car's driver dead. The crash occurred on the afternoon of Easter Sunday 2015, April 5, on General Booth Boulevard near the intersection with London Bridge Road/Red Mill Boulevard.
According to WVEC 13, the man behind the wheel of a vintage 1976 Corvette crossed the center line of the road and collided with the van. He lost his life after being transported from the scene, while the driver of the van and a passenger in the larger vehicle survived with injuries. Police did not release information on why the wreck happened. Possible explanations investigators must consider include a medical emergency that caused the at-fault driver to lose control, a mechanical problem with the 39-year-old car, impairment by drugs or alcohol, and driver distraction.
Regardless of what investigators determine the ultimate cause of the crash to be, the surviving occupants of the van will likely have grounds for seeking insurance payments under the policy held by the other driver. Insurance policies remain in effect for the estates of deceased individuals, so the basic processes of filing supportable claims for reimbursement of accident-related medical expenses and property damage will not differ even though the at-fault driver lost his life.
The catch remains, however, that insurance companies seek every opportunity to contest and deny as many claims as possible. Even when a victim's right to compensation following a wreck he or she did not cause is completely evident, an insurer can be expected to avoid its obligations to pay. Consulting with an experienced Virginia Beach personal injury lawyer can help accident victims ensure their rights and interests get protected.