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Virginia fatal car crash leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

When someone dies in a Virginia car accident due to the apparent negligence of another party, surviving family members generally have the right to seek financial redress by pursuing a wrongful death claim. End of life expenses and other financial losses could easily create a hardship for those left behind after a fatal car crash. Surviving family members, based upon  appropriate evidence of negligence, may be able to hold a driver civilly liable when they cause a car accident -- even in cases where no criminal charges are filed.

Authorities report that, in a Jan. 24 car crash, one person died and one was sent to a hospital for treatment. Around 11 a.m., an SUV driver apparently ran a stop sign. The SUV collided with a smaller car. The driver of the smaller car in Virginia died at the scene, and a passenger in that car was injured. The driver and passenger of the SUV were unharmed.

There are several factors that can be determined through accident reconstruction while police investigate this accident further. The speed of the vehicles and the responsible party will most likely be evident to trained police investigators. These investigators may then recommend that criminal charges be filed against the driver deemed responsible.

A personal injury lawyer can be helpful in determining a family's right to seek financial relief. Personal injury lawyers can help to determine which parties to sue and which losses may be viable with regard to a fatal car crash. They can help families pursue claims for the financial help needed to pay for funeral costs, related expenses and other damages recognized by Virginia wrongful death laws.

Source: whsv.com, "UPDATE: One Person Dead in Morning Crash", Nicole Diantonio, Jan. 24, 2015

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