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Virginia DOT to review causes of three-car crash that killed two

A stretch of I-264 in Virginia has been the scene of two fatal accidents in less than seven months. The Virginia Department of Transportation said after the second car accident that it will review the accident and the portion of the freeway where it occurred. In both accidents, an automobile crossed the grassy median and collided head-on with vehicles in the other lane.

The most recent accident occurred when a Ford Taurus crossed the median strip and hit a Toyota Corolla and then collided with a Suzuki Sidekick. The drivers of the Taurus and the Suzuki were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Corolla was treated for minor injuries at Virginia Beach General Hospital and then released. The previous accident on this stretch of road occurred when a westbound minivan crossed the median and hit several eastbound vehicles. This accident caused two fatalities and injured six people.

This portion of Interstate 264 is unusual because it lacks both steel guardrails and concrete barriers to prevent vehicles from crossing the median and entering traffic lanes headed in the opposite direction. After announcing that it would examine the causes of the accidents, a spokesman for VDOT said that guardrails themselves can pose a hazard to motorists, and, therefore, the state does not have standard conditions that mandate installation of steel or concrete barriers.

Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident that may have been caused by the omission or defect in a highway safety feature may wish to consult an experienced personal injury attorney for an evaluation of the evidence and the law that will govern the case. A knowledgeable attorney can also provide an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for lost income, medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Source: The Virginian-Pilot, "2 who died and 1 injured in crash that shut down I-264 West in Virginia Beach identified," Jane Harper and Lee Tolliver, Aug. 16, 2017

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