3300 Block of Point Lookout Road, Augusta County Accident

The Virginia State Police is reporting a fatal collision in 3300 block of Point Lookout Road, near Route 340, in Augusta County.  On Wednesday, July 7th, a Ford Escape traveling north on Point Lookout Road crossed the center line and struck the rear of a Dodge Durango.  The Escape then collided head-on with a Ford F-450 pickup.

The impact with the Ford truck sent the truck into the yard of a residence, striking and killing a resident who was in the yard of the home.  The Ford Escape caught on fire after the impact.  An infant was pulled from the rear of the Ford Escape and transported to UVA Medical Center.  The driver of the Ford Escape also sustained fatal injuries.

Inattentive Driving Accidents

Inattentive driving happens when a driver is not carefully watching the road for reasons, which may include:

  • talking to passengers
  • attending to children
  • picking up something from the floor
  • changing the radio station
  • programming GPS
  • many others

Even though cell phone usage is thought of as the primary cause of distracted driving, accidents were being caused by inattentive drivers long before cell phones were invented.

Inattentive Driving Risk

Nearly 3,000 people are killed each year in the United States as a result of inattentive driving.  In addition to vehicle occupant deaths, there are an additional 600 non-occupants killed each year in distracted driving crashes.  This includes pedestrians, bicyclists, and others.

Inattentive driving is especially dangerous if the driver:

  • misses changes in speed limits
  • misses an exit or carelessly crosses through traffic lanes
  • misses hazards on the roadway
  • misses approaching sirens
  • fails to notice children playing nearby
  • misses a school bus stop or flashing lights

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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.

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