Virginia drivers often see warning signs, orange pylons, barriers and other devices intended to protect road workers from being struck by passing vehicles. In an ironic twist, a worker hired by the Virginia Department of Transportation to set up such barriers was killed in a car accident by a driver who says she took her eyes off the road.
Attempting to fix a malfunctioning automobile while the car is stopped in the traffic lane of a highway can be very dangerous, even deadly. In a recent car accident involving an attempt to repair a disabled trailer, a Virginia man was killed as he was trying to re-attach a utility trailer to his pickup truck while it was stopped in the northbound traffic lane of Route 460 in Sussex County.
Many Virginians who are injured in traffic accidents believe that they have an absolute right to recover damages from the party who caused the accident. This belief is based on the concept of "negligence," which allows a person who suffers an injury because someone else was negligent, i.e., failed to use due care. This belief, unfortunately, is incorrect.
Virginia State Police are trying to sort out the events that led to a three-vehicle collision that killed three people in Sussex County. After completing their investigation of the scene, police believe that alcohol may have played a significant role in causing the car accident.
Police officers in Appomattox County are trying to untangle the events that led to a four-vehicle accident that killed one person. The car accident occurred on Red House Road near Appomattox.
Hit-and-run accidents are crimes, and they can cause excruciating heartbreak to the victims or the victims' families. The pain resulting from the inability to identify or, if appropriate, sue the driver who caused the accident can be partially ameliorated if the fleeing driver is apprehended. A recent fatal car accident on I-66 in Fairfax County may have had an unsatisfying outcome but for the sharp eyes of a witness.
Fatal traffic accidents that involve alcohol always have an especially harsh emotional impact on the victim's family. A recent car accident near Virginia Beach which killed a U.S. Coast Guard Technician abounds in painful irony that will haunt the victim's family for many years.
Slow-moving semi-trucks can try a driver's patience, especially on Virginia's curvy rural highways. Car drivers are often tempted to pass a big rig even when road conditions and road markings dictate prudence. A recent car accident near Purcellville demonstrates how a moment of bad judgment can create a tragic accident.
Traffic accidents usually happen in a few seconds. As a result, people in the colliding vehicles do not accurately perceive what is happening. For the same reasons, witnesses' accounts can be unreliable. Many media accounts of car accidents end with the statement that police are continuing their investigation. What, exactly, are they investigating?
Virtually everyone in Virginia understands that a person must be 16 years and three months old to obtain a driver's license and that the minimum age for a learner's permit is 15 years and six months. But, what about ATVs? Virginia law prohibits anyone under the age of 16 from operating an ATV, but the statute does not require a license. These laws will be under scrutiny following a recent ATV accident where three juveniles suffered serious injuries.