Orange County Virginia Drunk Driving Accident
The Virginia State Police is investigating a drunk driving accident that occurred in Orange County, Virginia, on June 15, 2021.
The VSP reports that the crash occurred around 2:10 pm. on June 15th when a 2013 Honda Civic crossed a double-solid yellow center line while traveling at a high rate of speed and attempting to pass a 2014 Mercedes.
The driver of the Honda lost control of the vehicle, ran off the side of the road, over-corrected, and collided with the Mercedes. The impact caused the Mercedes to hit a tree and then catch fire.
The driver of the Mercedes was a 21-year-old woman who suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown to VCU Medical Center for treatment.
Crossing Double Solid Yellow Lines
Collisions are frequently caused by drivers who attempt to pass on two-lane roadways in close proximity to oncoming traffic. Drivers on two lane roads must use extra care where speed limits exceed 40 mph to make sure they stay in their lane of travel.
It is also important for drivers to be aware of the distance needed to pass other vehicles when traveling on two lane roads. Too frequently, blind curves or other visual impediments can make passing unsafe and definitely not worth the risk.
These difficult driving conditions paired with driving while intoxicated makes for a very bad combination. Drunk drivers’ reactions times are slowed and their ability to make proper judgments is impaired.
The best policy for safe drivers is never drive drunk, don’t risk passing on a double solid yellow line, and always maintain your lane positioning.
Drunk Driving in Virginia
There are many scenarios under which drunk driving accidents happen. Some come fact patterns include:
- reaction times are slowed and they rear-end another car
- crossing over lane markings and hit another vehicle
- disregarding road signs and traffic signals
All of these traffic safety violations can cause catastrophic injuries and possibly a lifetime of problems for the injured person.
Why Hire A Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer?
If you’ve been seriously injured by a drunk driver, you will likely have many immediate concerns after the accident. Your first priority should always be to seek the proper medical treatment so you can fully recover from your injuries. In the months after the accident, you will be forced to deal with medical bills, insurance companies, work, and family matters all while trying to recover from your injuries.
How is the Ritchie Law Firm Different?
At the Ritchie Law Firm, we believe that the people who are responsible for your injuries should be held accountable. But, negotiating with the insurance company while making sure that all of the negligent parties are held accountable can be very difficult.
Many times, car accident victims receive lower settlements than their accidents and injuries deserve because either they or their attorneys are not experienced in determining the value of such cases.
An experienced drunk driving accident lawyer can help ensure that you are fairly compensated. At the Ritchie Law Firm, in our half-century of legal practice, we have handled thousands of drunk driving accident cases.
This experience gives us an advantage as nothing comes as a surprise to us and we are always thoroughly prepared for even the most challenging cases. We have a track record of success and a strength that is unmatched.