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Virginia car accident kills 2, injures 1

Virginia roadways can sometimes be confusing and dangerous. An investigation is ongoing concerning a recent car accident where one vehicle was traveling in the wrong direction on an interstate highway. Accidents such as this can happen for a variety of reasons and must be thoroughly investigated.

The April 9 crash occurred on I-395 around 9:59 p.m. and left one injured and two dead. The accident happened in the southbound HOV lanes when one of the vehicles was traveling north -- the wrong direction for that time of day. The SUV traveling north struck another SUV nearly head-on, and then yet another vehicle joined in the crash when the driver could not avoid it.

The Virginia State Police are investigating this tragedy. The 55-year-old male driver of the SUV traveling the wrong direction died at the scene of the accident. The 75-year-old driver of the car that could not avoid the crash was taken to INOVA Fairfax Hospital where he later died of his injuries. The driver of the SUV that was hit nearly head-on was treated at the scene of the accident for his injuries.

The surviving family of southbound driver who was killed may benefit by consulting a personal injury lawyer to consider claims for reimbursement of monetary damages sustained as a result of the car accident. The preliminary evidence suggests that the wrong way driver was to blame for the accident, and if that is confirmed, the family may opt to proceed with a wrongful death claim against the driver's estate and anyone else listed as an owner of the vehicle he was operating at the time of the collision. If driver negligence is established by appropriate evidence in a Virginia civil court, a monetary judgment for specific items of documented damages will be considered.

Source: Burke, VA Patch, "Police: Two Dead in Three-Car Crash Thursday Night on I-395", Mary Ann Barton, April 10, 2015

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