Tragedy struck in Ashburn, Virginia earlier this month when a 31 year old woman was killed at the intersection of Waxpool Road and Claiborne Parkway while out for an early morning jog. The jogger was hit by a 61 year old motorist who stopped at the scene and administered CPR while awaiting the arrival of emergency personnel. Unfortunately the driver’s efforts at saving the jogger were to no avail, as she died from her injuries.
These kinds of accidents weigh heavy on the minds of runners everywhere. A woman interviewed at the site of the accident, where a tribute of running sneakers has sprung up, spoke about the difficulty she had grasping that anyone could go out for a quick jog — something that is healthy and good for you — and never come back. Athletes everywhere — runners, cyclists, etc. — are likely to feel that same sense of helplessness.
The woman killed in Ashburn, like those in so many tragic situations, was the mother of two daughters. An online fundraising campaign has raised considerable monies to go toward the girls’ educations.
Is there something else to be done? When an innocent person loses her life due to no fault of her own, is there recourse for her family and loved ones?
Sometimes, according to Virginia injury attorney Doug Landau. A cause of the accident may be the motorist’s actions or inattention. Another cause may be a defect in the car or roadway. When Landau’s Herndon, Virginia law firm Abrams Landau, Ltd. is contacted by victims or their families after an accident which ends in injury or death, the firm’s legal team will collect enough information for a preliminary investigation to determine if there may be a case. Landau, an avid runner and cyclist himself, has represented numerous injured athletes and their families.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703)-796-9555.