What Happened: According to nbcwashington.com, a driver caused a three-car crash after traveling northbound in the southbound lane of I-495 near mile marker 44. The driver quickly switched back to the southbound lane, where he subsequently struck a pickup truck and another vehicle, causing the cars to strike a third automobile. The three victims suffered injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital; according to state police, the at-fault driver appears to have been driving while under the influence of alcohol. At the time of this posting, charges against the driver were pending.
Here is the location of the accident:
The Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective: Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening activity; the recklessness of the behavior can seriously injure other drivers and take their lives, as well. While the full investigation of this car accident is not yet available, the state police believe that the at-fault driver was driving while intoxicated; this suggests that the three injured drivers have a strong case to file a personal injury claim against the drunk driver, given that his actions resulted in their being harmed.
Potentially Helpful Info: We know how terrifying and destructive a drunk-driving accident can be to its victims, and our deepest sympathies go out to those who have suffered injuries in these crashes, or to the loved ones who have lost someone as the result of a drunk driver.
If you have been injured by an intoxicated driver, you should consider speaking to a personal injury attorney to figure out your legal rights. Our Virginia personal injury lawyers have written an article describing why and how we sue drunk drivers for their negligence; click here to read it.
Our Virginia personal injury attorneys have also published an in-depth article examining the laws and regulations concerning DUI/DWI drivers; you can look over it here. We have extensive experience with personal injury claims related to drunk driving, and we are familiar with the laws concerning the punitive damages of such accidents.