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Rear-end collision in Virginia kills 1 and injures 4

A devastating auto accident can occur in the blink of an eye. There is almost no limit to the ways that a collision can be caused. While some of the accidents that result are relatively minor fender-benders, other car accidents can cause very serious injuries or even fatalities.

Recently, two cars and several people were involved in a collision that resulted in one fatality and injuries to several others. The accident occurred in Virginia near the city line between Norfolk and Virginia Beach just after 9:00pm one day. The man who was killed in the accident had stopped his vehicle in the road and exited the vehicle in order to put something in the truck. When a vehicle traveling in the same direction collided with his vehicle from behind, the man was pinned between the two cars. He was pronounced dead after having been transported to the hospital. Another man, two women and a baby also suffered injuries in the incident.

At this time, the investigation into the cause of the crash is still ongoing. After the investigation is complete, the police hope to determine the cause of the accident and who is at fault. The results of these investigations are often critical when someone files a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit after an accident. In order to be successful in such a lawsuit, a plaintiff must prove both that the defendant is responsible for the accident and that damages were sustained as a result of the crash.

Proving liability and even damages is not always as simple as it may seem. In some cases, it may require detailed investigations, interviews with witnesses and even accident reconstruction. If police officers make a determination of fault and file charges or issue citations against one of the drivers involved, those facts can be very helpful for a plaintiff's case. However, a plaintiff will still need to present solid evidence of the property damage and injuries suffered, as well as their costs, in order to receive the requested compensation.

Source: WTKR.com, "Man dies after being pinned between two cars in crash at Virginia Beach/Norfolk line," Becca Mitchell, Darragh Copley, Marissa Jasek, and Gabriella Deluca, June 24, 2014

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