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I-95 Head-On Crash Kills One, Injures Another Motorist

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I-95 Head-On Crash Kills One, Injures Another Motorist

Crashes involving wrong-way drivers have a high rate of death or serious personal injury. Just this week an I-95 head-on crash left a motorist dead in Virginia’s Chesterfield County.

A report on NBC-12 noted Jailyn Richard Allred, 20, was driving a Saturn the wrong way in the southbound lanes of I-95 on Dec. 6, stated Virginia State Police. Allred crashed into a woman driving a Nissan Altima, head-on, just after 4 a.m., near exit 58, police reported.

The wreck caused a chain reaction. A big rig swerved to avoid hitting the two cars, causing it to jackknife into the jersey wall on the interstate. The 18-wheeler ended up in the northbound lanes.

The I-95 head-on crash occurred on the interstate two miles north of the Temple Avenue exit.

I-95 Head on Crash

I-95 Head-On Crash Kills One

I-95 is one of the busiest highways in Virginia. The notion of a wrong-way driver on this congested highway is an alarming one.

This crash caused major congestion on the interstate in the early hours.

Virginia State Police said in an attempt to avoid hitting the two other vehicles, the trucker was forced to make an evasive maneuver across the highway. Unfortunately, the trucker lost control, causing his rig to jackknife crashing into a jersey wall and resting across the median where it partially blocked both the southbound and the northbound lanes.

While Allred, 20, of Chester, Va., was transported to the hospital, where he died, a second driver was also taken to the hospital for the treatment of serious injuries.

According to media reports, police did not say Wednesday why the driver was heading the wrong way on Interstate 95. However, alcohol was being considered a factor in the crash.

HAZMAT crews were called to the scene to clean up diesel fuel that spilled from the jackknifed tractor-trailer.

Our thoughts are with those injured and the families of those who lost their lives in this crash.

Statistically, wrong way crashes are 27 times more likely to be fatal than other types of auto accident, a wrong way driver crash study in Virginia found.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a wrong way driving crash, please call our Virginia auto accident injury lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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