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Teen driver kills cyclist in Virginia car accident

No one ever expects to be in an accident when they leave the house. Unfortunately, it happens all too often. For example, two Virginia people were involved in a fatal bicycle vs. car accident that happened in Woodbridge recently. The victim was a 66-year-old man that was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 17-year-old driver was traveling on Spriggs Road when she crossed over oncoming traffic, hopped a curb and slammed into a bicycle rider on a pedestrian path. The Ford Mustang dragged him until the car stopped directly in front of a high school. According to police, the teen was not a student of the high school. It also was not disclosed whether any charges are contemplated or pending in connection with the fatal accident. At this time, the specific cause or causes of the crash remains unknown, and police are investigating the teen's actions in this tragic accident.

There are many possible distractions while operating a motor vehicle. Anything from the weather, animals on the loose, changing radio stations or eating while driving are just a few of the things that can distract drivers. Unfortunately, anything that causes the driver to take their eyes off of the road can have fatal consequences. An increasing number of car accidents are reportedly attributed to drivers using their mobile phones, either making calls or texting while driving. Police believe that the teen driver involved in this accident may have been texting at the time of the crash.

As authorities continue to investigate this deadly car accident, it may be beneficial for the family of the deceased bicyclist to determine their rights under Virginia law. The victim's family may file a wrongful death claim against the driver and any separate owner of the vehicle she was operating. If the family establish negligence to the satisfaction of a civil court, claims for reimbursement of monetary damages may be awarded.

Source: NBC Washington, Investigators Probe Whether Teen in Fatal Accident Was Texting, Matthew Stabley, Sept. 6, 2013

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