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Multi-vehicle crash on Virginia's roads leads to one death

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 in Virginia were shut down for more than seven hours last week due to a disabled vehicle on the roadway. The multi-vehicle crash was investigated by the Virginia State Police and led to charges of reckless driving for a tractor-trailer driver who is believed to have started the string of collisions. The accident happened a little before 9:30 a.m.

The fatal accident happened when a 39-year-old North Carolina man driving a tractor-trailer plowed into a pickup truck that had slowed down due to a disabled vehicle. That started the chain of events that led to the death of a 43-year-old-woman. The pickup truck spun around and hit a van, which then struck the tractor-trailer. The pickup truck went off the right side of the road.

The tractor-trailer then hit a work truck and that driver was later taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The tractor-trailer then hit a car that was pushed into yet another tractor-trailer. The 43-year-old female driver of that car was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

A multi-vehicle crash on a Virginia roadway can leave injured victims and deceased victims' loved ones in dire financial situations. The victims and the families of victims may want to seek financial compensation to help pay medical bills and, in the case of deceased victims, final expenses. In addition, compensation may help to offset any financial responsibilities left by the deceased. A civil court in Virginia may award compensation in a case of wrongful death or serious injury when enough evidence is presented to prove the negligence of a driver. 

Source: richmond.com, "Richmond woman killed in I-64 pileup in New Kent", March 11, 2015

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