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Hampton Roads Sees More than 40 Crashes as Snow Falls Again
By Bill O'Mara, Chesapeake Car Accident Lawyer
Numerous crashes were reported on Monday morning in Hampton Roads as snow again fell in the seven cities.
Virginia State Police have asked Virginians to delay unnecessary travel until conditions improve but many drivers appeared to ignore the request, even though the Presidents’ Day commute was lighter than it would be on a usual Monday.
The TV station WTVR.com reported that from midnight Monday through 7 a.m. Virginia State Police responded to 163 traffic crashes and 101 disabled vehicles.
Bad weather driving tips by Jim Hurley of Cooper Hurley
Hampton Roads saw more accidents than any other area, a trend that was seen in last month’s snow storm. The Chesapeake division which comprises Hampton Roads, Tidewater, Eastern Shore, Williamsburg, Franklin and Emporia, saw more than 40 crashes by Monday morning, according to state police.
In the north of the state the Fairfax division saw 32 crashes in Loudoun, Prince William, Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax. Police said a fatal two-vehicle crash occurred in bad weather in Fauquier County. Troopers are also responding to 19 disabled vehicles across the Commonwealth.
A crash involving a tractor-trailer at the Downtown tunnel between Portsmouth and Norfolk caused a stoppage for motorists on I-264 westbound shortly after 8 a.m. Monday.
The slippery conditions have also caused drivers to slide off the road and into ditches. A number of these accidents have been reported in Hampton and Newport News on the Virginia Peninsula.
State police warned that snow was creating slippery conditions on Monday morning. The snow will turn to rain as temperatures rise throughout the day.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) said crews are hard at work, plowing and treating roads. Snow and ice removal will continue for as long as the snowy weather conditions exist. Motorists were urged to delay travel, even on well-treated roads such as interstates.
“Although we’ve been able to keep the roadways mainly clear, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to slow down and be extra cautious,” said Jennifer Gwaltney of VDOT.
Most residents of Hampton Roads don’t regularly drive in snowy conditions. We see numerous instances of drivers going too fast for slippery conditions or driving recklessly. If you or a loved one has been hurt by the actions of another driver, call us today for a free consultation at (757) 455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com.
John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.
Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.
Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.
Cooper Hurley awards three $2,000 college scholarships annually to high school seniors in the Tidewater and Eastern Shore areas of Virginia. Eligible students can submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the subject of Distracted Driving. We established this program to aid worthy scholars and to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of distracted driving, which we encounter too often in our practice.