Passenger Joseph Kent Dies in Accomack County Wreck on VA Eastern Shore

By Bill O'Mara, Eastern Shore of Virginia Injury Lawyer

It’s an all too familiar scenario. A driver runs off the road and a passenger loses his or her life due to the driver’s inattention or recklessness. It happened again on Wednesday evening on a rural road in Accomack County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

We were saddened to read about the death of Joseph Robert Kent, a 25-year-old man, who was ejected from the passenger seat and died at the accident scene. Our thoughts are with his family at this tragic time.


Police say the wreck occurred on Belinda Road (Route 692) near Marsh Market Road at about 5.45 p.m. on Wednesday evening. reported that a 2006 Chevy Colorado was traveling west Belinda, when the driver ran off the road, causing the car to flip over.

The driver has been charged with reckless driving, according to Virginia State Police. Alcohol was not a factor in this crash.

It’s always tragic when a passenger loses his or her life in a crash due to no fault of his own. The families of passengers have rights in these circumstances. I explain more in this video.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers we have a team dedicated to wrongful death lawsuits. You can read more about it on this page.

When you lose a loved one, hiring an attorney is probably one of the very last things you will think about. However, families who deal with an unexpected death often face huge financial costs to add to the emotional burden.

If your loved one was a passenger in a car accident, you can often make a claim under the insurance coverage of the driver of the car that you were in. You could use the coverage of the driver of any other vehicle that caused the accident. A passenger might not be able to make a claim if there was some element of contributory negligence, such as getting into a car when he knew the driver was drunk. Failure to wear a seat belt is not usually relevant in car wrecks.

Our Virginia wrongful death team can take the burden off you. We have a main office in Norfolk and client meeting locations in each of the cities in Hampton Roads and in Accomack County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Call us today for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077. We can come to you or meet you at one of our locations.



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