Bad Weather Threatens Snow Related Wrecks in Hampton Roads

You don’t need to be a statistician to conclude Hampton Roads drivers struggle to cope with snowy conditions.

Take the snow storm that took place in January 2016. During last year’s storm dozens of crashes occurred, reported the Virginian-Pilot.

With a wintry weekend expected in Hampton Roads, concerns about the prospect of snow are mounting in the region. The statistics from last year highlight why driving during winter weather is a bad idea in Hampton Roads.

On a Friday when snow hit the region last year, Hampton Roads saw more than 250 wrecks and several dozen disabled vehicles. A driver was killed in a weather-related crash on U.S. 17 in Chesapeake.

Snow related wrecks spike in Hampton Roads

Snow causes hazards in Hampton Roads

Between midnight on Thursday and 6 p.m. Friday, state police responded to 989 crashes and 793 disabled vehicles throughout Virginia. Nearly a third of the crashes police attended were in southeastern Virginia.

We noted how Hampton Roads recorded more bad weather wrecks, even though there was less snow here than in many other parts of Virginia.

Hampton Roads Sees Many Snow Related Wrecks

It's not clear why Hampton Roads drivers cope so badly with snow and ice. However, many people who live in Tidewater are not natives. They are brought here by the military and may be unfamiliar with conditions.

If they are from the south, they may be clueless about driving in snow and on ice, leading to more snow related wrecks.

The Virginian-Pilot makes another relevant point. Out of nine districts in Virginia, Hampton Roads has the least amount of budgeted for the 2016-2017 snow season — a mere $6 million of $213.5 million, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.  It’s a figure that’s out of proportion with the size of the population here.

VDOT officials aim to have all state-maintained roads passable in no more than 48 hours after the last snow falls. The models vary at present, but Hampton Roads could be impacted by snow for at least two days.

When snow hits Hampton Roads, it makes sense to remain indoors. If you have to get in your car and drive, see our bad weather driving tips.

If you get injured in an accident caused by a driver who fails to take care in snowy or icy conditions, call us today at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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