Left Turn Accident at Portsmouth Boulevard and Dock Landing Road in Chesapeake Kills Motorist

Left turns at intersections are one of the most significant causes of crashes in Virginia. Tragically, this scenario appears to have caused a fatal wreck in Chesapeake on Tuesday.

Police were called to the scene of the crash at the intersection of Portsmouth Boulevard and Dock Landing Road on Tuesday afternoon.

Portsmouth Boulevard and Dock Landing Road

Portsmouth Boulevard and Dock Landing Road

In a press release, Chesapeake Police Department said an initial investigation revealed one of the drivers was attempting to make a turn left onto Dock Landing Road from Portsmouth Boulevard around 12:45 p.m. when a collision occurred with an oncoming vehicle.

Police said there were two people in each vehicle. One person was killed at the scene.  The other three people were transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment. The extent of their injuries was not known on Tuesday.

All traffic was rerouted for more than three hours as police looked into the cause of the crash.

This was a shocking accident on a suburban highway. My thoughts are with the family of the motorist who died and I hope those who were injured make a full recovery. I live in Chesapeake and am well aware of some of the city's hazardous intersections.

The wreck was the second intersection crash in Hampton Roads in as many days. On Monday, two people were seriously injured in an accident at Nimmo Parkway and Upton Drive in Virginia Beach.

We don’t know the causes of these crashes but we know too many drivers fail to slow down at intersections, run red lights or are careless. If you have been injured in these circumstances you may have grounds to file an insurance claim against the at-fault driver.

The Dangers of Left Turns at Intersections

Recently, the Virginian-Pilot highlighted the dangers of left turns as it reported on a Virginia Department of Transportation project that aims to reduce problems caused by these turns across traffic at the busy intersection of Military Highway and Northampton Boulevard in Norfolk.

The article made it clear that cars, trucks and motorcycles turning left inhibit the smooth flow of vehicles and are a safety hazard to oncoming vehicles.

This week VDOT highlighted how it will decrease the “negative impacts” of left turns at the intersection of Military Highway and Northampton Boulevard, which sees 63,000 cars a day.

It will become one of the first intersections of its kind in Virginia and will be designed to alleviate congestion. The project envisages moving left-turning vehicles away from the main intersection into dedicated turn lanes, in a move to eliminate conflicts with opposing traffic.

VDOT says its “continuous flow intersection” will allow vehicles to make left turns at the same time as traffic is going straight through. It envisages lower crash rates and a 30 percent increase in capacity at the intersection.

A $60 million project starts this summer. Drivers can expect construction work.

Left turns cause many wrecks in Hampton Roads and elsewhere. While new road design can help, this week’s tragic accident highlights the extent of the problem.

If a family member has lost their life in an intersection crash, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death claim. Call us for more details at (757) 455-0077.

Bill O'Mara

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