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Driver fleeing police causes fatal car accident in Virginia

After an accident, police commonly make determinations of fault and decide whose actions were the primary cause of the accident. Being named the at-fault driver, however, does not always mean that the driver intentionally acted negligently or consciously acted in an unsafe way. In many situations, an accident is simply the result of an unfortunate convergence of circumstance. Other car crashes are different, though, and are directly the result of a driver's reckless and dangerous actions. When police issue citations or make an arrest in these cases, those facts can be relevant and useful in a personal injury lawsuit and often warrant compensation beyond what insurance companies are willing to provide.

In Virginia, a 59-year-old man was recently killed in a tragic car accident. As he was driving through an intersection on the way to the convenience store, he was hit by an SUV driven by a 27-year-old man who was attempting the flee police. The crash caused the SUV to flip and catch fire, but the driver of the SUV survived the crash despite being ejected from the vehicle. The 27-year-old man was arrested and faces charges of felony eluding, first-offense DUI, DUI maiming, and second degree murder.

Unfortunately, it is relatively common for a drunk driver or a driver fleeing the police to cause a serious car accident. The people injured or killed as a result of those reckless actions do not deserve that fate and they should not be forced to deal with the financial fall-out of such a serious accident on their own. After a serious car crash, the medical bills can be astronomical and the loss of income while recovering can make the financial situation even more difficult.

Although car insurance is intended to protect drivers financially after they are involved in a car crash, it is not always easy to work with the insurance companies and get the compensation needed. Many companies will attempt to settle with the injured party for an amount much lower than what is really deserved. Consulting with a personal injury attorney immediately after an accident can help victims and their families understand their options and best protect their interests to ensure that they are able to move forward from the accident as easily as possible.

Source:, "UPDATE: Arrest made after fatal Virginia Beach car crash," Erica Greenway, Jan. 6, 2014

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