Recently, a national news outlet reported on a 69-vehicle accident on a Virginia highway. An initial report attributes the accident to weather conditions compounded with motorist rubbernecking. Chain-reaction multi-vehicle Virginia accidents can cause motorists, passengers, and pedestrians to suffer serious injuries. It is essential that victims retain an experienced Virginia accident attorney to help them understand their rights and remedies because multi-vehicle accidents often entail various challenges to recovery.
The initial crashes occurred on the westbound lane of the highway during morning commuting hours and was likely a result of morning fog and icy road conditions. Drivers in the eastbound lane began to crash into one another as they were distracted and rubbernecking when they passed the disastrous scene in the westbound lane. Witnesses and police reports indicate that the pileup stretched for miles and involved almost 70 vehicles, 20 of which were large trucks. Many individuals were trapped, and firefighters were standing on rooftops and hoods to try and get to those individuals transported to hospitals. Fortunately, no one died in the accident, but over 50 motorists were hospitalized for injuries ranging from moderate to severe.
This accident highlights the dangers and magnitude of accidents that can transpire when motorists are rubbernecking. Rubbernecking occurs when a driver distracts their attention away from the road ahead of them to stare at an accident. Although, it can be challenging to avoid, motorists should understand that this behavior is hazardous and can lead to severe bodily injury or death.
Rubbernecking and distracted driving often result in drivers suddenly reducing their speed to observe or gawk at an accident scene. This unnecessary braking can cause a rear-end accident and subsequent chain-reaction collisions. Additionally, drivers who rubberneck might also lose control of their vehicle and slam into another car or barrier. Virginia drivers should make sure that they avoid distractions and remain focused on the road. When approaching an accident scene, drivers should make sure to appropriately reduce their speed and ensure that they do not engage in any behavior that can exacerbate an already dangerous scene.
Rubbernecking drivers are breaching their duty to operate their vehicles safely and avoid dangerous driving. Victims of rubbernecking accidents may consider filing a lawsuit against the distracted Virginia driver to recover for their losses.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Virginia Multi-Vehicle Collision?
If you or a loved one suffered injuries or death in a Virginia car accident, contact the attorneys at Robinson Law. The attorneys at our law firm understand that determining fault and apportioning liability in Virginia multi-vehicle accidents can be challenging, and we work tirelessly to ensure that our clients recover for their damages. We understand the financial and physical repercussions that these accidents can have on a person and their family. Rubbernecking and other distracted driving behaviors are avoidable, and these negligent drivers must compensate victims for the losses they sustained. We have recovered substantial amounts of compensation on behalf of our clients. Compensation often includes payments for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, burial costs, and pain and suffering. Contact Robinson Law at 703-542-4008 to schedule your free initial consultation with a Virginia accident lawyer.