There is often a dizzying array of costs associated with car accidents. For the individuals involved, there are likely to be medical expenses and lost wages due to missed work from the auto accident. For surviving family members of victims in fatal accidents, both medical expenses and funeral expenses can add financial trauma on top of tragedy.
Countless car accidents in Northern Virginia entail the following scenario: a driver is traveling down the road, minding his or her own business, when a sudden crash shakes their vehicle's rear end. While many such fender-benders aren't fatal, they can still prove costly in many ways. An auto accident can lead to expensive repairs, the need for a pricey rental car and possibly a spike in one's insurance costs.
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.
One of the richest women in the world will not face any jail time after police said she caused a fatal car accident in Virginia. The woman, an heiress of the Mars candy fortune, told police she fell asleep at the wheel just before the October accident, when her SUV crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a minivan carrying family members to a wedding rehearsal.
In heavily-populated areas, such as Northern Virginia, the urban and the suburban combine to make cities and neighborhoods unique. One drawback of such an area, though, is the significant congestion on local roads and highways. When someone gets into a car accident in a rural area, there is frequently just one or two cars involved. When a car crash takes place in a more populated locale, there is a chance that many more vehicles and injuries may be involved.
Charges of reckless driving have resulted from an accident that occurred earlier this month in Culpeper County, Virginia. A 22-year-old woman had to be flown to the University of Virginia hospital after her car, a Toyota Celica, was struck by an SUV. The incident began when an SUV traveling south on U.S. 29 pulled in front of the Toyota. The cars collided and both vehicles overturned. The car crash has culminated in charges against the 39-year-old who was behind the wheel of the SUV.
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.
As with so many things in life, experience is key when it comes to safe driving. When teenagers are behind the wheel, lack of experience, poor judgment, or both can lead to an auto crash. This month in Botetourt County, Virginia, a teen driving a Honda SUV became involved in a car accident that wound up temporarily closing both lanes of Virginia 11 while crews reviewed the scene.
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.
When a semi truck shares the road with a motorcycle, both vehicles' operators must be extra vigilant about safety. The massive size differential between the two vehicles, as well as disparities in their abilities to stop and turn safely, can easily lead to trouble if sound driving is not prioritized. Unfortunately, concern for others isn't always first in the minds of all truck drivers, and this sad fact was underscored after a recent hit-and-run in Virginia.