Whether one is behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler or a moped, it is imperative to devote one's full attention to the road ahead. However, in today's high-tech world, distractions can prove more dangerous for drivers than ever before. According to information from the Virginia Tech Traffic Institute, distracted driving contributed to 6,000 fatalities in America in 2010, the most recent year such data is available. Moreover, distracted driving was a factor in 500,000 injuries.
Just two nights before Christmas, a deadly crash occurred on U.S. 17 in Virginia, leaving one man dead and another fleeing on foot from the scene. Virginia State Police are now actively searching for the man they say was responsible for the fatal car accident.
Current law in the state of Virginia has texting while driving a secondary offense, texting drivers receiving a relatively small $20 fine. However, legislators in the state are now considering making the habit a more serious infraction.
Following a collision with a parked school bus on November 17, the 31-year-old passenger of a Ford Taurus is now deceased. The victim, from Virginia Beach, succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the fatal car accident.
A Virginia truck driver is now dead following a deadly accident out of state. In the early morning hours of Nov. 9, a man from Glade Spring was driving a tractor-trailer in Ohio when his vehicle struck the car of a 49-year-old female driver.
A Virginia man recently got himself involved in car crash that turned out to be anything but minor. On October 20, the 42-year-old from Critz, in the southern part of the Old Dominion, allegedly drove drunk, hit a police cruiser, and fled the scene.