Commuters in Northern Virginia are used to traffic jams, speeding vehicles and the occasional political motorcade. Most of the time, the traffic situations that bring cars to a halt on the interstate are simply due too many vehicles trying to get to work during the same morning and evening hours. Recently in Fairfax, though, a nasty jam was created when a police chase became a multi-vehicle auto accident.
On Aug. 2 around 3:00 in the afternoon, police officers pulled over a Dodge Charger in the area of Interstate 66 in Fairfax County. The vehicle’s driver was wanted on a warrant, and while an officer was taking the driver into police custody, the Charger’s passenger grabbed the wheel and sped off. Police chased after the fleeing vehicle. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the Charger eventually veered into traffic and struck two cars on I-66 near Arlington.
Officials were able to redirect traffic off the interstate and caught up to the driver of the Charger. However, six people, including the Charger’s driver, suffered injuries from the multi-vehicle accident. A few suffered severe injuries and had to be taken to Arlington’s Virginia Hospital Center. Both lanes of I-66 were stalled for more than one hour as traffic stretched-out for miles. Ultimately, police were able to identify the two individuals in the fleeing Charger as a 33-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman from Washington, D.C.
Like most accidents, the car crash in this case came out of nowhere and likely took the victims by complete surprise. Now, those injured are suddenly thrust into a situation where they must not only receive medical treatment, sometimes extensive, but take time off work and figure out a way to pay for the unexpected medical expenses. A personal injury course of action is often appropriate when a driver is pulled-in to a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence.
Source: ABC 7 News, “6 Hurt, 2 arrested after police chase, crash on I-66 that snarled traffic,” Aug. 2, 2014