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Centerline Crash in Virginia Kills Two, Injures Another Two

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Centerline Crash in Virginia Kills Two, Injures Another Two

Head-on crashes which see a vehicle cross a line are the most deadly kinds of wrecks in our state. I was horrified to read about a centerline crash in Virginia that left two people dead.

Virginia State Police noted the crash on Route 460 in Buchanan County left two dead and two injured, reported WAVY.com.

Virginia State Police said in a statement that the crash happened on Sunday in the western part of Virginia. Officers said a Toyota Rav 4 crossed the centerline of the roadway and hit a Honda Element head-on. The impact was violent enough for the Toyota to catch fire following the crash.

State Police say the two deceased people are a passenger in the Toyota, identified as 75-year-old Billy Joe Carter. The other victim was a passenger in the Honda, identified as 52-year-old Charles V. Baker. Both were from Grundy in Virginia.

Centerline Crash in Virginia Kills two

Route 460 in Buchanan County

Virginia State Police say the 81-year-old driver of the Toyota was diagnosed with life-threatening injuries and the 74-year-old driver of the Honda has serious injuries.

Both of those who lost their lives in this centerline crash in Virginia were passengers who were likely blameless for the circumstances of the crash.

Centerline Crash in Virginia – Head On Wrecks Are Often Deadly

On our Virginia car wreck injury lawyers’ website, we note the very serious nature of head-on crashes.

The effects can of these wrecks can be compounded or mitigated by speed, air-bag deployment and seat belt use.

These crashes often occur in rural areas when a driver crosses a center line. As many as one in five head-on crashes on the roads of Virginia are fatal. These crashes account for just 2 percent of all wrecks but one in five deaths.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we also have concerns about older drivers. Recently, we noted a report by Columbia University and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The research found older drivers who have stopped driving are almost two times more likely to suffer from depression and nearly five times as likely to be admitted to a long-term care facility than older people who keep driving. The study targeted adults aged 65 and over.

However, on occasions driving can be a risk of you are older. Accident rates and fatal crash rates start rising rapidly after a driver reaches 70.

If you have lost a loved one as a passenger, please call our Virginia wrongful death attorneys at (757) 455-0077.

Will Dudley

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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