A high speed crash on a freeway in another part of Virginia left five people with serious injuries. Authorities described the injuries as life-threatening.
The accident happened during the overnight hours. A person driving a passenger car slammed into the rear of a smaller-bodied SUV. Police say that the driver of the passenger car was speeding.
The force of the accident left 2 passengers in the SUV that got rear-ended fighting for their lives. The driver of the SUV suffered physical injuries which authorities said were not as serious. Three occupants of the passenger vehicle also suffered life-threatening injuries.
After the collision, the passenger vehicle went off of the road and eventually flipped over. Police had to close the highway altogether for several hours in order to complete their investigation.
Police are continuing to investigate this tragic accident and have not announced any charges or traffic citations.
Speeding frequently causes serious accidents
Speeding is still too often the cause of serious and deadly car accidents. Motorists in the Shenandoah Valley have an obligation to follow the laws regarding speed limits and also to slow down as the traffic conditions or weather may require. If they do not do this, they can be held financially responsible for causing an accident.
In this case, there is little room to doubt that the victims of this accident will have significant medical bills. Depending on the type of injury, they may also have months or even years of ongoing treatments or rehabilitation.
The victims may also be out of work because of their injuries, which means that they will have to come up with replacement income.
It is also important not to lose sight of the fact that going through an accident, particularly a serious one, can leave permanent emotional and other scars. While hard to put an exact dollar value on it, people deserve compensation for these losses as well.