Three-year-old is Killed in Crash in Campbell County, Virginia

The death of a child on the highways of Virginia is always tragic. We were saddened to read about a crash in Campbell County, Virginia, that claimed the life of a 3-year-old boy.

Police said a 24-year-old from Abingdon was driving a pickup truck south on Leesville Road when he veered off the side of the road and struck a tree on Sunday just after 2:30 p.m.

The driver and his three-year-old son who was from Madison Heights were transported to Lynchburg General Hospital.

Police said the driver sustained minor injuries and was wearing his seat belt. However, the child later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Police said the child was restrained in a child safety seat. However, the truck ran into a tree on the passenger's side, where the child was.

John Cooper of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers talks about the death of a child

It’s unclear what caused this driver to run off the road but police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.  Our thoughts are with the family of the child after this fatal crash in Campbell County

Crash in Campbell County Highlights Deaths of Child Passengers

Children are the most vulnerable passengers in cars and trucks, even when they are properly restrained.

Last year, a serious car wreck at an intersection in Norfolk caused the death of a nine-year-old boy and severe injuries to another child.

Last May, two children were killed in a horrifying wreck on I-264. The family was in a Nissan that broke down in a travel lane and was hit from behind by a pickup truck in Virginia Beach.

Passengers whatever their age have rights in car crashes. Some passengers who are injured are reluctant to make a claim against the insurance company of a driver who might be a friend or a family member. However, it’s necessary to recover as much as you can if you have been seriously injured.

When a passenger loses his or her life, a family member may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy.

Car, truck and motorcycle crashes are one of the most significant causes of death in Virginia. In 2015, more than 750 people were killed on the highways of the Commonwealth.

If you have lost a loved one, please see our resources on deaths in Virginia or call us at (757) 455-0077.

 

 

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