Driver Charged in Deadly Hanover Co. Crash
A South Carolina man has been arrested after crashing his car into a tree in Hanover County. Police say they received word about the accident around 12:40 AM. When they arrived on the scene, they found the vehicle in question on fire.
The incident allegedly occurred when the driver of the 2009 Audi veered off of northbound I-295, continued several hundred feet and crashed into a tree. The car caught fire, injuring the backseat passenger and killing the front seat passenger. The driver sustained minor injuries as well. He was charged with reckless driving and a failure to maintain control of his vehicle.
Not much information has been released about the moments leading up to the crash. Given the late hour, it’s possible that the driver fell asleep at the wheel. As irresponsible as this might seem, it’s unfortunately all too common. Many Americans will admit to driving drowsy, but it can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Options for the Victims
When a friend offers to drive you some place, they take your life in their hands. When they cause an accident, they are often held liable for the damage they inflict on passengers in the car. While nothing can undo the tragic loss of the person killed in the accident, the family of the victims may want to pursue legal action against the driver. While some say this would be disloyal, it is only fair for a negligent driver to compensate those who he caused harm to.
Virginia Personal Injury Attorneys
Car accidents and wrecks, especially those that result in the wrongful death of an innocent victim, are horrific events – and the event is made all the more awful when it turns out that the at-fault driver was driving drunk. Virginia wrongful death attorney Richard Serpe represents families who have suffered the loss of a loved one caused by someone else’s negligence. If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, or have been injured, contact us to discuss your rights.