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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
Van Driver Charged Over I-95 Crash in Virginia that Left Six Dead
A van driver has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the wake of a crash in Virginia that left six passengers dead.
The fatal two-vehicle crash in Caroline County last weekend claimed the lives of six people in the van. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of those who lost their loved ones.
This week police said the 50-year-old driver from Chicago had been charged with reckless driving and six counts of involuntary manslaughter.
The wreck occurred last Saturday morning on Interstate 95 northbound at the 112.4-mile marker at about 12:30 a.m.
Virginia State Police said a Dodge van containing 16 people was, traveling north on I-95, when it veered off the road to the left, before swerving right across two travel lanes and hitting a Toyota Camry.
Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Vick said the van overturned half a dozen times. Tragically, six people in the van died at the scene, including a child. According to reports, they were not wearing seat belts.
The van driver and nine other passengers who were inside were transported to Mary Washington Hospital and Spotsylvania Regional Hospital for the treatment of serious injuries. The driver of Toyota was not injured.
The van was en route from North Carolina to New Jersey, according to reports.
This was a horrific incident that illustrates how quickly a wreck can become a major tragedy on the interstate where high speeds are often involved. It’s not clear what caused the driver to leave the interstate.
In 2011, four passengers were killed in a tour bus wreck in Caroline County when the driver fell asleep at the wheel and veered off I-95.
Passengers have rights in cases like this. If you lose a loved one, you often have cause to make a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. If you have lost a loved one in a commercial bus accident, you may be able to sue the tour bus company.
You can read about the rights of passengers in crashes in Virginia, here.
We are well aware that passengers can be hesitant to make an insurance claim for their injuries if the driver was a friend or member of your family. However, if you have been injured as a passenger, you should make sure your medical bills are covered. If you lose a loved one, you will face numerous expenses.
If you have lost a loved one or suffered an injury on the highways of Virginia, please call us today at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.
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.
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.
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.
Cooper Hurley awards three $2,000 college scholarships annually to high school seniors in the Tidewater and Eastern Shore areas of Virginia. Eligible students can submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the subject of Distracted Driving. We established this program to aid worthy scholars and to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of distracted driving, which we encounter too often in our practice.