The death of a child is the saddest thing I have dealt with in 25 years as a personal injury lawyer. I have represented the families of many children who have lost their lives and am familiar with the long and painful struggle families take to come to terms with their loss.
I was, therefore, deeply saddened to read about how an 8-year-old child was killed on Monday after a collision with a vehicle in Virginia Beach. The young boy, like so many other kids we see on the streets, was riding a big wheel toy.
Virginia Beach Police Officer Lonnie Cain said the crash happened in the 2000 block of Rosedale Circle in Virginia Beach around 3:30 p.m. The initial investigation suggested a 2006 Ford Econoline work van hit the boy, who was riding the big wheel
Liz Palka of WAVY news said she spoke to the driver of the van, as well as the victim’s pastor. The driver told her he was “pulling out of his driveway when the child rode his big wheel into the cul-de-sac”
The driver told WAVY the collision with the child was accidental. The victim’s pastor said the same thing, according to the TV reports. Police said the child died around 5 p.m. at a local hospital. My thoughts are with the victim’s family at this tragic time.
So far, no charges have been filed, WAVY reported. However, the incident is still under investigation.
We read about far too many accidents involving pedestrians in cities such as Virginia Beach, Hampton and Norfolk. Drivers have a duty to look out for pedestrians. Even more so, they have a responsibility to look out for kids in residential areas. If you lose a child in such circumstances, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the insurance policy of an at-fault driver, irrespective of whether criminal charges were ever brought. You may have grounds to bring a lawsuit against the company that employs a commercial driver.
Hiring a lawyer is usually the last thing families who have lost a loved one want to think about. However, a death can leave a family both emotionally and financially bereft. Here our Virginia wrongful death lawyers describe what you can claim for when you lose a loved one. The attorneys at Cooper Hurley can advise you of your rights in a free consultation. We never bill clients until a case is resolved. Call us at 757.455.0077.