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A three-car accident in Virginia leaves two dead

Drivers who are speeding put themselves and other motorists at risk. When drivers mix speed with alcohol, the risk increases exponentially. A recent car accident on Interstate 64 in Virginia is proof of this increased risk.

According to the report, a 24-year-old man was traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 64 when he struck a car from behind. That car left the travel lane and hit a tree. The man's car also struck another car before coming to a stop at the guardrail. 

Two women in the first car that was hit were killed, while the car's third occupant escaped injury. The man in the second vehicle that was struck also escaped injury. The driver who is believed to have caused the accident was taken to a hospital with injuries that were reported to be serious.

The speeding driver has been charged with driving while intoxicated. Officers say that the weather was not an issue in the crash, but they claim that both his high speed and alcohol were factors. The crash is still under investigation, and the Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team is assisting.to determine what exactly happened.

When lives are lost in a car accident like this one, family members of the deceased are often left to pick up the pieces of their lives, both emotionally and financially. Fortunately, it is possible for family members to file wrongful death claims against the drivers who they believed acted negligently in Virginia civil courts. When these claims are presented successfully, courts award award damages to compensate family members for the losses that resulted from their loved ones' deaths.

Source: wtvr.com, "Police: Two Goochland women die after drunk driver rear-ends car on I-64", Alix Bryan Search, March 2, 2015

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