Elderly Driver is Rescued From Burning Van on I-264 in Virginia Beach
In a dramatic incident in Virginia Beach, VA a driver led police on a short chase and then crashed his van that overturned and burst into flames on I-264.
Many accidents are caused by erratic or careless driving. But in some cases I deal with as a Virginia Beach auto accident lawyer, the behavior of drivers is inexplicable.
Given the circumstances of this case the driver was lucky to escape with non-life threatening injuries and not to have hurt any other drivers. A medical condition may have affected the driver’s actions.
VB police save man from burning van
WAVY.com reported police tried to stop the driver after he was seen driving on Virginia Beach’s boardwalk. He then drove off.
“I was like, alright, there is something going on with this guy and it’s just not right,” Virginia Beach Master Police Officer Rick Spreder told WAVY.
Police said the elderly driver hit a concrete planter in the boardwalk and “began driving erratically” to Interstate 264 westbound. He side-swiped a slower moving vehicle, lost control and overturned at Birdneck Road, police said.
The driver then lost consciousness in his seat as his van burst into flames. Police pulled him out.
Criminal charges are unlikely. It appears the driver may have had a medical condition, WAVY reported.
There are many drivers on the roads of Virginia who are medically unfit to drive. I see many cases of truck drivers with medical conditions who cause accidents. A trucking company can be liable in these cases.
If you have been injured in a wreck in Virginia due to the fault of another, contact an experienced auto injury lawyer for a free consultation.
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