Preventing a Fatal Virginia Car Accident

Fatal accidents can take a devastating toll on the victim’s loved ones. These accidents are particularly tragic when they are preventable. For example, a person can easily prevent a DUI accident by refraining from driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While not all accidents are preventable, you can take several precautions to stay safe on the road.

Sadly, a recent news article reported on a fatal car accident in Waldorf, Maryland. A preliminary investigation indicates that a Chevy Malibu was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of Route 228. The Chevy then collided head-on with a Ford traveling in the westbound lane. The Chevy driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The Ford driver was transported to the hospital in serious condition. According to local authorities, driving under the influence (DUI) appears to be a factor in the collision.

Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death in Virginia?

In Virginia, the personal representative must bring a wrongful death action on behalf of the deceased person. However, any damages from the lawsuit will go to the deceased’s beneficiaries as specified by § 8.01-53. Under this statute, the deceased’s surviving spouse and children can recover damages from a wrongful death action. If the deceased’s children are also deceased, their grandchildren can also recover damages. If the deceased does not have a surviving spouse, child, or grandchild, the surviving parents and siblings or any other dependent relatives can recover damages. Finally, if the deceased has no surviving relatives that fall into these categories, any surviving family member may inherit the deceased’s estate, including a damages award from a wrongful death action.

What Steps Should You Take to Prevent a Fatal Virginia Accident?

The most tragic aspect of fatal DUI accidents is their preventability. If you have been consuming any amount of alcohol, you should not get behind the wheel. Consuming even one or two drinks can impair a driver’s mental state. To prevent a fatal DUI accident, ask a friend to drive you or call a rideshare service if you need to return home after you have consumed alcohol. Alternatively, if you suspect that a driver is intoxicated, pull over as soon as you can to avoid a collision with the driver. Merely attempting to pass the driver may not protect you. It is difficult to predict how intoxicated drivers will operate their vehicles. They may swerve into an adjacent lane or even into ongoing traffic. Once you have pulled over safely, contact your local authorities and report the driver to protect the safety of everyone else on the road. These steps can help minimize the risk of a collision.

Do You Need a Fatal Car Accident Attorney?

If your loved one has died in a Virginia car accident, the attorneys at the Schupak Law Firm can help you understand your options. Our attorneys possess decades of combined experience representing Virginia accident victims and their families. Through our skilled representation, we have recovered significant compensation on behalf of our clients. To speak with an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney, call our office at 240-833-3914. We will not bill you for our time unless we can recover compensation on your behalf.


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