Centerline Crash in Virginia Kills Two, Injures Another Two
Head-on crashes which see a vehicle cross a line are the most deadly kinds of wrecks in our state. I was horrified to read about a centerline crash in Virginia that left two people dead.
Virginia State Police noted the crash on Route 460 in Buchanan County left two dead and two injured, reported WAVY.com.
Virginia State Police said in a statement that the crash happened on Sunday in the western part of Virginia. Officers said a Toyota Rav 4 crossed the centerline of the roadway and hit a Honda Element head-on. The impact was violent enough for the Toyota to catch fire following the crash.
State Police say the two deceased people are a passenger in the Toyota, identified as 75-year-old Billy Joe Carter. The other victim was a passenger in the Honda, identified as 52-year-old Charles V. Baker. Both were from Grundy in Virginia.
Virginia State Police say the 81-year-old driver of the Toyota was diagnosed with life-threatening injuries and the 74-year-old driver of the Honda has serious injuries.
Both of those who lost their lives in this centerline crash in Virginia were passengers who were likely blameless for the circumstances of the crash.
Centerline Crash in Virginia – Head On Wrecks Are Often Deadly
The effects can of these wrecks can be compounded or mitigated by speed, air-bag deployment and seat belt use.
These crashes often occur in rural areas when a driver crosses a center line. As many as one in five head-on crashes on the roads of Virginia are fatal. These crashes account for just 2 percent of all wrecks but one in five deaths.
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we also have concerns about older drivers. Recently, we noted a report by Columbia University and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
The research found older drivers who have stopped driving are almost two times more likely to suffer from depression and nearly five times as likely to be admitted to a long-term care facility than older people who keep driving. The study targeted adults aged 65 and over.
However, on occasions driving can be a risk of you are older. Accident rates and fatal crash rates start rising rapidly after a driver reaches 70.
If you have lost a loved one as a passenger, please call our Virginia wrongful death attorneys at (757) 455-0077.