A woman from Shady Spring, West Virginia, was killed in an early morning, single-vehicle rollover crash in Carroll County, Virginia, on Aug. 5. Two other people, including the driver, were also injured in the accident.
Virginia State Troopers report that the accident happened around 1:30 a.m. An SUV being driven by an 18-year-old man slid off the road and over an embankment as it traveled north. The woman, age 21, was sitting on the center console of the SUV, not wearing a seatbelt, and was ejected from the vehicle’s top as it rolled over. The SUV then rolled on top of the woman, killing her.
The driver and the other passenger, also an 18-year-old man, suffered minor injuries during the crash. They were both treated at the scene and released. Police reported that charges were pending due to the investigation. Other factors, such as negligent driving or alcohol consumption, might have been involved in the incident.
The family of someone killed in a car accident might choose to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver, even if the decedent was a passenger in that driver’s vehicle. The family might benefit from the guidance of a lawyer who can explain the types of compensation available to the family if the claim is successful. The lawyer might also collect evidence, such as the results of the police investigation, any charges filed against the driver and witness accounts of the accident, to show that the driver was liable for the death of the victim. A successful claim might result in remuneration for the family for their funeral and burial expenses as well as other non-economic losses that the family experienced due the victim’s death.