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Pittsylvania County vehicle collision kills man

Virginia State Police reported that a man was killed in Pittsylvania County when his car was rear-ended by another car on Oct. 6 around 2 p.m. According to authorities, the 55-year-old man was driving his SUV northbound in the left lane of Route 41 when his vehicle was struck from behind by a 25-year-old female driving a sedan.

The force of the collision caused the man's car to flip over, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman also suffered injuries in the collision and was transported to Danville Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Both drivers were reportedly wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Although no criminal charges had been filed against the female driver at the time of the report, troopers indicated that charges were pending the results of their investigation.

In addition to potential criminal charges, an at-fault driver in a car accident that kills another person may face civil liability in a civil lawsuit filed by the victim's family members. When a person's negligence or recklessness causes the death of another person, families may be able to recover medical expenses, losses for pain and suffering, funeral expenses, lost wages, lost companionship and other losses suffered as a result. Accordingly, families of victims may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney who practices law in wrongful death cases. An attorney can review the individual facts of a case and then determine what claims might be available. He or she may advocate for their clients by filing lawsuits, negotiating with other attorneys and appearing in court.

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