Although they may not think about it every time they get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, motorists in Virginia and elsewhere are subject to certain dangers and risks every time they drive. There are chances that their vehicle could break down, debris is encountered and even a negligent driver collides with them. In the event of a motor vehicle crash, everyone, passengers included, could fall victim.
According to recent reports, a Virginia State Police trooper was injured in a crash. This automobile accident involved the trooper’s cruiser and an SUV. The crash occurred in Hanover County during the early morning hours. The trooper was responding to a single vehicle crash on I-295 going north.
The trooper was parked on the left shoulder and the vehicle’s lights were activated while he waited in his vehicle for a wrecker to arrive. That is when an SUV traveling north on I-295 ran off the left side of the road, colliding with the rear of the trooper’s vehicle.
The impact of the crash caused the SUV to spin around, striking the patrol car a second time. This then caused the patrol car to spin around on the shoulder. The trooper was transported to the hospital for medical treatment while the driver of the SUV refused medical treatment at the scene of the crash.
Preliminary investigation discovered that the poor conditions of the tires caused the vehicle to hydroplane, lose control and run off the road. The driver was charged with having defective equipment on his vehicle. He was also charged with driving with a suspended license.
In addition al to facing traffic charges and citations, the motorist could face civil liabilities. When victims of a crash are injured, it is possible to hold a negligent driver accountable. A personal injury claim assists with this and helps with the recovery of compensation for losses and damages.