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Wrong Way Driver Caused Fatal Accident in Virginia

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Wrong Way Driver Caused Fatal Accident in Virginia

By Jim Hurley, Virginia Car Accident Lawyer

Wrong way crashes are among the most deadly types of the wreck we see in Virginia. Statistically, if you are involved in a head-on crash, you may be more likely to suffer a serious injury or to be killed.

Just days ago, a wrong way driver caused a three-vehicle accident along Interstate 495 in Alexandria, Virginia, according to media reports. The accident was reported around 1:40 a.m. on Monday between Telegraph Road and the Eisenhower Avenue Connector.


Investigators said the driver of the Honda CR-V was involved in an accident with other vehicles when driving east on westbound lanes. The Honda hit a Chevrolet Tahoe headed west head-on. A Dodge Caravan which was also heading west on I-495, was damaged by debris from the crash.

The driver of the Honda was killed by the force of the collision. It’s not clear why the driver was heading the wrong way.

There has been plenty of research into wrong way driving as our Virginia auto accident attorneys describe.

In 2012, a study by the National Transportation Safety Board carried out research into wrong way driving. It cited statistics from Virginia that found the death rate for wrong way accidents is 27 times higher than that of other types of accident.

The study stated that “remedial measures” have been tried out on highways to reduce the number of wrong way accidents, ever since 1968 including measures to improve highway medians and markings.

Here are the main causes of wrong way driving accidents.

  • Alcohol and Drugs — Almost two-thirds of wrong way driving crashes are caused by alcohol or drugs. Younger wrong way drivers are more likely to be drunk.
  • Age — Age is a key factor in head-on accidents that were not caused by drunk drivers. Older drivers are more likely to be involved in these crashes.
  • Night driving —About three-quarters of wrong way crashed occurred at night or during periods of poor visibility.
  • Drowsiness– Fatigue is  a significant cause of wrong way-driving. Sleepy drivers are more likely to end up in the wrong lane.
  • Distracted driving– If you are checking your cellphone you are far more likely to end up going the wrong way.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in Virginia or North Carolina caused by a wrong way driver, call us today 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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