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.
Emergency workers approaching an accident scene in Leesburg thought at first that the driver of an old school bus had missed a stop sign and smashed into a guard rail. But, as they closed in on the scene of the car accident, the emergency responders saw the horrible truth: the bus had hit an Audi station wagon, and the crumpled remains of the station wagon were pinned beneath the bus. Five people were trapped inside the Audi.
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.
Even a casual consumer of local news knows that accidental deaths are frequent occurrences in Northern Virginia. Such incidents frequently produce lawsuits by the decedent's family to recover damages from the party who is at fault. A common question about such suits is why does the family of someone who dies in a car accident or some other mishap have the right to sue someone else? The answer is provided by Virginia statute.
Anyone who has traveled on the interstate system in Virginia has seen the crossover lanes marked with the red "O" with a slash through it. Most motorists know that the sign prohibits vehicles from using the crossover. In a recent car accident in Albemarle County, a driver attempting to avoid police ignored such a sign and ended up killing himself and another driver in a head-on crash.