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 police officers take to the road in their own vehicles, Virginians often assume their behaviors are always safe and lawful. However, no drivers are above the law, nor are law enforcement personnel immune to the temptations of distracted driving. A recent case out of neighboring West Virginia involves a police officer who is accused of talking on his cell phone and causing a fatal car accident.
In Virginia, it's not just those behind the wheel that can be charged with endangering others on the road. An alleged drunk driving accident that occurred last month in Bedford County involves a passenger being arrested for driving under the influence. While traveling in a car with four other people, a 23-year-old woman from Roanoke allegedly grabbed the wheel and caused the car to crash, according to another passenger.
Over a period of just nine hours during the winter storm of Friday, January 25, Virginia Beach police responded to a massive number of auto crashes. Almost 200 car accidents tangled-up the icy roadways that day, with a total of 275 accidents in Virginia Beach over the entire weekend. The time period between 3 p.m. and midnight that Friday, though, was the busiest for area responders. They were called to the scenes of 185 accidents that afternoon and evening, with nine of those featuring reported injuries.
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.
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.
Those who advocate against drunk driving often remind motorists to give their keys to a designated driver during a night out, so as to prevent an intoxicated person from even getting in the driver's seat. However, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) wants to take that concept a step further, recommending ignition interlock use throughout the U.S.
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.
On October 15, a man sustained serious injuries as the result of a frightening collision with a dump truck. The commercial vehicle accident happened near Old Hundred Road and the Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield, where a single vehicle crash closed parts of Courthouse Road earlier the same week.