Single-Vehicle Accident in Portsmouth Kills Two
A single-vehicle accident in Portsmouth has left two people dead. The September 23, 2017 crash occurred around 4:00 PM on I-264 in Portsmouth, just west of Greenwood Drive. Police say a Ford Focus was heading westbound when it ran off the roadway. The driver overcorrected and struck a tree off of a highway embankment. The driver and their passenger died upon impact.
Police are still working to understand the exact cause of the accident. The crash remains under investigation.
We send our condolences out to the families of both victims. They may want to speak with a Virginia car accident lawyer to help understand their rights in the wake of the crash.
Accidents like this one are incredibly traumatic for families, since there is so readily apparent reason for the crash. We hope investigators can determine the reason for the accident soon.
Speed was likely a factor in the accident, given that the incident occurred on the highway. Even minor movements of the steering wheel can send a vehicle off the road when it is traveling more than 60 miles per hour.
If you ever find yourself heading off road in an incident like this one, experts recommend you resist the urge to overcorrect. While your instinct is to grab the wheel and dramatically turn back to the highway, instead turn your vision to the direction you want to go and pause by letting your foot off the brakes and gas altogether. The recover by getting back into the correct lane. Remaining calm is key!
Virginia Car Accident & Wrongful Death Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact our Virginia car accident personal injury and wrongful death lawyers. The Serpe Firm has helped victims and their families for over 30 years. We will handle the legal issues so that you can focus on yourself and your family during these difficult times.