Woman, 18 Killed, Three Injured in Crash in Accomack County

Although we often assume car crashes in Virginia are multiple-vehicle wrecks, single car accidents are the most common kind. I was saddened to read about a crash that killed an 18-year-old woman on Friday in Accomack County.

A report on WAVY.com stated the crash occurred at 10.40 p.m. on Atlantic Road, less than a mile to the south of Bowden Lane.

A report from Virginia State Police said a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu was heading south on Atlantic Road when the vehicle ran off the road on a curve. It then spun around and hit a tree.

Police said an 18-year-old backseat passenger lost her life in this crash.  Three other occupants of the car were injured.

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Police said the other backseat passenger, a 17-year-old boy, suffered serious injuries. He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. The 17-year-old driver from Parksley, was hospitalized with serious injuries. The front seat passenger, an 18-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries. She was also taken to the hospital.

Virginia State Police pointed out all of the occupants of the car were wearing seat belts, except for the driver. State police said speed may have been a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation.

Our thoughts are with the relatives of the young lady who died and those who are injured.

This crash also raises questions about compliance with Virginia’s teen driving laws.

In the Commonwealth, teen drivers under 18 who hold a learner’s permit may only drive with one passenger under the age of 18 that is not an immediate family member.

Passengers who are injured in crashes or the relatives of passengers who lost their lives often have rights in the aftermath of single car wrecks.

Even if a driver is a friend or family member, you have rights to make a claim against his or her insurance policy when a driver is at-fault for an accident.

We see many serious accidents on the remote highways of the Eastern Shore. Our attorneys have a client meeting location in Accomack County and can come to you.

We regularly support neighborhood events on the Eastern Shore such as the annual picnic in Northampton County. Please call us if you have been hurt in a car wreck on the Eastern Shore at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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