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Two cars and several elderly people involved in Virginia crash

Statistics commonly state that teenagers and young adults are more likely to be involved in traffic accidents than other drivers, probably due to their inexperience and tendency to be distracted. Another common statistic involves elderly drivers, who are also more likely to be the cause of an accident due to slower reaction times, vision impairment, physical limitations and other factors. Regardless of whether car accidents are caused by inexperience, advanced age, or other reasons, the driver responsible for the crash can be held legally responsible when someone suffers physical injury or property damage as the result of a crash.

In Fairfax, Virginia, several elderly people were recently involved in a two-car accident. According to initial reports, the 87-year-old driver of one car turned left in front of another car, causing a collision. A 76-year-old woman who was a passenger in the second car was killed in the accident. Police indicate that the accident investigation is ongoing, but they do not believe that speed or alcohol contributed to the crash.

In many cases, car accidents result in serious injury to those involved. Even in the case of minor "fender-benders," drivers and passengers can suffer whiplash or other neck and back problems that create lasting pain. When someone is seriously injured during an accident and has to undergo extensive recovery or endure continuing pain after the crash, it can be difficult to cover all of the financial expenses. The financial burden may become even greater if the person is unable to work during this time.

Although insurance is designed to protect people's financial interests and provide coverage of medical expenses and property damage, some drivers are uninsured or underinsured. In these situations, the insurance company may be unwilling to pay. Consulting with an attorney can help people in these kinds of situations understand their options, whether it be fighting the insurance company for the payout needed or initiating a personal injury lawsuit to get compensation for a negligent or reckless driver.

Source: WUSA9.com, "76-year-old woman killed in Fairfax crash," Jan. 21, 2014

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