Car accidents in Virginia are frequent events, and causes of car crashes may be attributed to a number of reasons including negligent driving or speeding. There are many instances where a car accident causes a brain injury or permanent disability. Taking these outcomes into account, a car crash may result in heavy medical expenses and financial damages.
The motor vehicle has become such an intrinsic part of our world that we tend to think of driving as a routine activity that seldom requires much attention. Yet, as any Virginia resident probably knows, every driver needs to be careful when driving a car on public roads in order to avoid fatal car accidents.
As many as 741 people were killed in Virginia as a result of car crashes in 2013, according to statistics released by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Between 2012 and 2013 the total number of persons who suffered injuries due to car collisions in the state stood at 65,114, from a total of 121,763 automobile crashes. The major reasons behind motor vehicle collisions in Virginia are distracted driving, drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs.
Virginia's difficult winter weather has carried on into March, and police said a snowstorm on March 3 led to hundreds of crashes and three deaths in the state just on that one day. Many of these accidents involved drivers losing control of their vehicles and running off the road, but others had vehicles slamming into each other. In one incident, a Virginia State Police trooper responding to one traffic accident had to be hospitalized after another car rear-ended his patrol car. The 19-year-old driver of the car that struck the trooper was arrested and faces criminal charges of reckless driving.
Major roads in Virginia are not only easily accessible and convenient but are also heavily relied on by residents and local commuters. Although these roadways are beneficial, they can also be the stage for tragedy. It is common for drivers to witness various types of car accidents on the roads. Whether it is a simple fender bender or a multi-vehicle collision, injuries and damages could be a part of any type of crash. In some cases, an accident could be so severe that it takes the life of a driver or passenger.
Virginia residents know that the winter months mean possible snow and ice-covered roads. Winter conditions also mean that drivers must adjust their driving. Reducing speeds and keeping a safe distance from other vehicles is crucial. A negligent or distracted driver could easily lose control of their vehicle during inclement weather and cause an automobile collision.
A 62-year-old man faces involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influences charges arising from a collision between two vehicles and resulted in the death of a 62-year-old woman. On Dec. 27, Henrico Police served warrants upon the suspected drunk driver who records show has a criminal history that includes a drug charge, a charge of public intoxication and a traffic violation. He is scheduled to be back in court on Jan. 27 for a hearing.
In the 1980’s, drunk driving became a national safety issue and a number of social campaigns were created to change the culture of drinking and driving. In the past few years, distracted driving has garnered the same national attention, and legislatures around the nation passed laws banning texting while driving (or in some cases) talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel.
The adage, "asleep at the wheel" probably conjures thoughts of an absent-minded driver not paying attention to his or her surroundings. (For some, it may bring back memories of the 1970's country music group.) Regardless of what you think of, the image of airline pilots being asleep in the cockpit while the plane is in flight cannot be comforting.