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.
For any commuter, one of the worst pieces of news to hear is that a major snowstorm is on its way. For those who live or work in Northern Virginia, that news item was all most people were talking about in the days leading up to Valentine's Day. The most substantial storm of this winter struck the area heavily on Feb. 13, and left many drivers coping with the aftermath of two major hassles: severe weather and car accidents.
Any bad event can have a negative ripple effect, including car accidents that happen on major interstates. On Aug. 11 in central Virginia, a two-car auto accident quickly spiraled into a horrendous multi-vehicle accident that wound up causing several injuries. The car crash occurred on Interstate 81 near Lexington, on a mid-August weekend that featured heavy rains.
It is generally common knowledge that the less sleep people get, the less likely they are to be able to operate a motor vehicle safely. The drowsier people are, of course, the more likely they are to cause a car accident. While it seems that most parents and educators would agree with this, top school officials in Fairfax County appear reluctant to make changes on the issue. Throughout the Northern Virginia region, Fairfax schools have the earliest start times, making the roadways a potentially perilous place to be before classes start.
Among all the various weather conditions that can afflict Virginia's highways, fog is perhaps the most dangerous. Even light fog can diminish a driver's ability to see what's in front of them, and patches of intermittent fog can make drivers think they're in the clear. A horrendous car accident involving almost 100 vehicles was caused by fog on March 31, on Interstate 77 in the southern part of the state.
When natural hazards, such as the weather, or man-made dangers, such as a stray construction cone, pose a danger to motorists, it's important for drivers to still show responsibility on the road. A car crash can easily result from either of the above, and other motorists or pedestrians can sustain serious injuries either way. The recent controversy surrounding a Virginia public official underscores the presence of potholes on the state's roads.
Virginia Marine Police don't typically place handcuffs on a motor vehicle driver, but in some instances, these authorities must intervene on land as well as sea. One such incident occurred on the night of January 14, when a car accident in Virginia Beach damaged several other vehicles.