Fatal Springfield Car Crash Most Likely Caused by Dangerous Street Racing

By Peter DePaolis

According to WJLA ABC 7, on December 4, authorities reported that two cars involved in a fatal crash in Springfield were most likely racing at the time of the incident.

Fairfax County Police stated that the crash occurred around 11 p.m. on the Franconia-Springfield Parkway near Spring Village Drive in Springfield. Authorities say that just before the crash, a 30-year-old driver pulled up next to a man driving an Infiniti at a stoplight.

Once leaving the red light, the two cars began to race, with both the 30-year-old and the driver of the Infiniti passing each other frequently and weaving in-and-out of traffic. At some point, the 30-year-old’s Honda lost control, left the roadway and hit both an embankment and a tree before rolling over. The driver of the Infiniti fled the scene of the crash.

The 30-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died the next morning. Fairfax County Police officials say that they have not found the Infiniti or the person driving the vehicle during the crash.

My Car Accident Was Caused By a Negligent Driver and I Need an Experienced Attorney

Aggressive driving is unacceptable, and is not just restricted to “road rage”. Aggressive driving includes racing, tailgating, weaving in-and-out of traffic and changing lanes or turning at the last second. Aggressive drivers are unpredictable and frequently cause car accidents. Also, the higher your rate of speed, the more damage any accident will cause, both to the vehicles and to the passengers. In addition, Virginia law allows for punitive damages to be assessed by innocent drivers and bystanders who are injured by reckless drivers illegally racing.

The experienced Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia injury lawyers at our firm can help if a car accident has injured you or a family member. Speak to one of our attorneys today to tell us about your situation and circumstances. We understand what you are going through and want to hear your story. Feel free to comment below or you can visit our Facebook page to tell us more.

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Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

Source: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/12/springfield-fatal-car-crash-likely-came-after-street-race-police-say-97739.html

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.