A head-on collision on the Western Freeway/164 in Suffolk, Virginia (VA), left the apparently at-fault driver dead and a second driver severely injured. Witnesses told police that the deceased woman had been traveling in the wrong direction in the westbound lanes of the highway near the interchange with I-664. The wreck occurred around 3:30 am on January 17, 2016, between the exits to College Drive and Town Pointe Road.
Investigators could not immediately determine how the wrong-way driver got onto the freeway or how far she had gone before crashing into the injured man's vehicle. Many people who mistake off ramps for on ramps are later found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Other individuals head the wrong way on the highway because they become lost, panic and use exits as entrances.
Because the woman who caused the wreck close to the Suffolk-Portsmouth border cannot answer questions, an autopsy and crash reconstruction extending as far back in time as possible will be necessary. Finding a clear explanation that indicates the woman acted negligently or behaved recklessly would help the injured man receive insurance payments for medical treatments, lost wages, pain and other crash-related expenses.
When an at-fault driver dies in the accident he or she caused, the person's car insurance remains in effect until all legitimate claims are resolved. As Virginia personal injury lawyers, though, my law firm colleagues and I know that insurance companies will contest claims under most circumstances. Knowing that the Suffolk wrong-way driver was clearly posing a danger could make recovering financially easier.