Officials from Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle wreck that took place in Henry County this past Saturday evening. According to authorities, the wreck occurred shortly after 6:00 pm on Route 610, south of Route 650. The victim – a 61-year-old male from Axton, Virginia – reportedly died at the scene after his sedan drove off the edge of the roadway and struck a tree. Authorities are looking currently unsure of what caused the accident, but have noted that the victim was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Fatal accidents are a tragedy for all involved, and they elicit meticulous investigations from law enforcement who want to determine the underlying cause. Doing so can help ensure that any potential dangers or hazards that led to the crash are promptly addressed so that any wrongdoers may be held accountable and dangers to the public mitigated.
Although this particular car accident involved only one vehicle, authorities are still continuing their investigation. This is because there may be factors aside from driver error that led to the crash. These factors may include the negligence of another driver who ran the vehicle off the road, poor roadway conditions, or even defective auto parts that malfunctioned and caused the driver to lose control.
By looking into these and other potential causes, authorities may be able to identify if negligence played a role. If it did, the victims’ family could potentially have grounds to pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party, whether it be another driver or the manufacturer of a defective product.
At Kalfus & Nachman, our Norfolk car accident attorneys represent victims and families who have suffered losses in all types of auto accidents. This includes representing families in wrongful death actions. We understand the importance of investigating every serious crash, and conduct our own independent investigations when we are retained by clients. Understanding the underlying cause is critical to helping victims understand their rights and whether they may be able to pursue justice and compensation for their damages, including any medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional injuries, and more.
If you have questions about your rights following a motor vehicle accident in Norfolk or any of the surrounding areas of Virginia, do not hesitate to reach out to our legal team. We are available 24/7 to take your call. Contact us for a FREE consultation.