Passengers have been the victims in a spate of fatal crashes in South Hampton Roads in recent days.
In no less than three crashes they have been killed when cars were driven into trees. I was saddened to read about an accident in Portsmouth in which car ran into a tree early on Saturday morning, killing a woman and sending a man to the hospital with serious injuries.
WAVY.com reported on how Portsmouth police officers found a car on the 2600 block of Elmhurst Lane around 2 a.m. Dec. 6. A woman in the passenger seat, was transported to Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center where she later died. A man in the car was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and is still there with serious injuries.
The cause of the crash had not been determined, reported WAVY. Police have not filed charges, but the investigation is ongoing.
In this video my colleague Bill O’Mara explains the rights of passengers in car wrecks in Hampton Roads
Over the same weekend, passengers were killed in two other crashes in Hampton Roads. In Chesapeake a 13-year-old passenger was killed when his mother hit a tree after she veered off the road to avoid hitting a deer
Chesapeake police reported how on December 7, 2014 at about 2:30 A.M., they responded to the 4200 block of Rotunda Ave to a report of a car crash. When officers arrived on scene they met with the driver who said she veered off the road in an attempt to avoid striking a deer. Her son was killed.
Also, over the weekend two people were killed when a car left Sewell’s Point Road in Norfolk and hit a tree. The cause of this accident is also being investigated. WAVY reported on how Norfolk police and firefighters responded to the intersection of Sewells Point Road and Chesapeake Boulevard around 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 7.
Investigators found a Chevrolet SUV had hit a tree. The car had a man and two women inside. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the two women were transported to a local hospital where one of them later died. The other woman remains in serious condition, according to police.
My thoughts as a Norfolk wrongful death lawyer are with the families of the victims of these three separate single vehicle crashes.
If you are a passenger who is involved in a car crash and you are in a vehicle that has been badly driven or the driver is distracted, speeding or under the influence of alcohol, you have likely grounds to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. If you lose a loved one who is a passenger, you often have a right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver’s insurance policy.
An experienced injury lawyer at Cooper Hurley can advise you of your rights. Contact us for a free consultation at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com