The police department in Waynesboro, Virginia, is conducting an investigation into a car crash that critically injured one man. The two-car crash was allegedly caused by a 21-year-old man who has since been charged with DUI by authorities. Police say that the charges will likely be upgraded upon the completion of their investigation.
The auto accident happened on Aug. 21 at approximately 8:45 p.m. in the evening at an on-ramp for Interstate 64. Police officers, the fire department and first aid crewmembers arrived at the accident scene shortly after the collision occurred. According to preliminary investigations, the allegedly drunk 21-year-old man was driving his Ford Mustang southbound at an accelerated speed when he smashed into the side of a compact car being operated by a 56-year-old man.
The force of the collision was so severe that the two motor vehicles went several hundred feet in opposite directions, leaving a trail of debris in their wake. The allegedly DUI driver was transported to receive treatment at the hospital for non-life-threatening wounds. Meanwhile, the older man was left in serious condition.
Following a serious Virginia car accident, police investigations are crucial to determining who is at fault. Once fault is determined, injured victims of the accident may be able to pursue claims for financial restitution against the faulted party. Indeed, in cases where a motor vehicle accident is caused by a drunk driver, evidence gathered during the individual’s DUI trial may prove enormously helpful to anyone who was injured if he or she chooses to pursue a personal injury claim relating to his or her injuries and/or damages.
Source: WHSV, “Police: DUI Charges Likely to Be Upgraded in Crash” Aug. 22, 2014