Norfolk Passenger Wrongful Death Claims – Fiery Wreck Kills Four at Norfolk International Airport
We were saddened by a tragic accident over the weekend that claimed four lives in a fiery wreck at Norfolk International Airport. People traveling in cars regularly lose their lives in single-vehicle crashes the driver loses control and veers off the highway, a common cause of Norfolk passenger wrongful death claims.
Few details have emerged about the deadly Norfolk International Airport incident. News media stations reported a car crashed into a tree and caught fire early Saturday morning at about 1 a.m.
The car was traveling down Norview Avenue toward the departure area of the airport. It’s not clear why the driver lost control.
Our thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in the early hours of the morning close to Norfolk International Airport. When passengers are killed in an accident after a driver loses control of a car, truck, van or another vehicle, family members of the deceased often have grounds to file wrongful death claims over the loss of their loved ones.
What Damages Are Allowed in a Wrongful Death Passenger Claim in Norfolk?
The majority of wrongful death claims in Norfolk result from car accidents. In 2018, Norfolk recorded 16 traffic deaths and 2,142 injuries in 2018, according to the Virginia Crash Facts report. In total, 819 people lost their lives in Virginia. The death toll was made up of 568 drivers, 128 passengers, and 123 pedestrians.
Family members of the deceased and representatives of the estate can make claims in a wrongful death case. The types of damages that can be claimed include the following:
- Mental anguish, sorrow, and the loss of solace suffered by the beneficiaries of the deceased. Loss of solace includes comfort, guidance, companionship, and the advice given by your family member;
- Loss of income of the decedent suffered by his or her beneficiaries;
- Loss of services such as jobs he or she did around the house, help, and assistance
- Loss of retirement benefits;
- Reasonable funeral costs; and
- Any expense incurred by care treatment, and hospitalization of your family member caused by the accident prior to his or her death.
The state sets out wrongful death claims in the Virginia Code Section 8.01-50. The section highlights who gets the money, and how the courts treat the claim. A lawyer can further explain the intricacies of a Norfolk wrongful death case.
Car crashes are one of the most significant causes of premature deaths in Virginia. Single-vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of fatal wrecks. The driver is usually found to be to blame for these accidents. Fatigue, inattention, distracted, or drunk driving can cause a motorist to veer off the road. Approximately a third of all crashes in Virginia are one-car wrecks. In 2018, more than 37,700 crashes were single-vehicle wrecks (28.6%). Although overall traffic deaths fell slightly in 2018, the number of fatal crashes caused by speed and alcohol spiked in the Commonwealth.
The tragic accident at Norfolk International Airport was the second wreck to claim multiple lives in a 24-hour period in Hampton Roads.
Two People Are Killed in Virginia Beach Red Light Runner Wreck
This week, police identified two people who were killed in a three-car crash on Sept. 20 after a driver allegedly ran a red light.
Pasquale DeStasio, 45, and Estherlyne Stein, 28, both residents of Virginia Beach, died as a result of the crash at the intersection of Independence and Pembroke boulevards.
Police say an initial investigation revealed Stein’s Honda sedan apparently ran a red light as she drove north on Independence Boulevard and hit a sedan with the right-of-way at Pembroke Boulevard, the Virginian-Pilot reported. The impact then caused the car to crash into a van next to it.
DeStasio, who was hit by Stein’s car, died at the scene. Stein was pronounced dead later at a local hospital. The driver of the van sustained injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening and was taken to a hospital.
Our thoughts are with the families of the six people who lost their lives in 24 hours in Virginia Beach and Norfolk.
Talk to a Norfolk Wrongful Death Lawyer
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we regularly deal with wrongful death cases. The loss of a loved one on the highways of Norfolk, Virginia Beach or elsewhere is one of the most tragic can happen to anyone. Our experienced team will take the stressful legal battle off your hands and give you time to grieve. Please contact us today for a free consultation.