Chesapeake Expressway Accident Highlights Dangers After a Fender Bender
The moments after a fender bender can be extremely hazardous for drivers and passengers. When you are out of your car exchanging insurance information, you may not be aware of some of the dangers at the roadside. This was highlighted recently by a Chesapeake Expressway accident linked to wet weather conditions.
Chesapeake first responders reported on how two people were stuck by a car as they stood outside their vehicles on the Route 168 Chesapeake Expressway Friday afternoon.
The occupants of the cars were at the roadside after a two-vehicle Chesapeake expressway accident in the southbound lanes.
Chesapeake Assistant Fire Marshal Captain Steve Bradley said the two vehicles involved in the accident pulled over to the shoulder of Route 168. Both of the drivers exited their vehicles to exchange information, Bradley said.
Another vehicle heading northbound on the bypass at the time hydroplaned on water on the road. The driver appears to have lost control. The car crossed the median and hit the two drivers.
The two drivers who were involved in the original accident were transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Bradley said their injuries were not considered life-threatening.
This Chesapeake Expressway accident highlights the extreme dangers drivers and passengers face in the wake of a crash on the highways of Hampton Roads. People involved in accidents should take steps to ensure their safety and be alert for unexpected hazards, particularly in bad weather conditions.
What To Do After a Fender Bender in Hampton Roads
In the wake of a fender bender or a more serious accident, the occupants of cars should act quickly to secure themselves and their vehicles. You should take these steps:
1 Stay at the Accident Scene
You should never leave an accident scene. Even drivers involved only in accidents with property damage must exchange insurance and other details with the other driver before leaving a scene. If you are involved in an accident with injuries, you must remain at the scene until an investigating officer arrives. Failure to remain at an accident scene may result in a hit-and-run charge.
2 Check on All Drivers and Passengers
Make sure everyone who was involved in the accident is uninjured. Call 911 immediately if the accident resulted in injuries. If a person is unconscious or reports back or neck pain, do not move them until medical help arrives.
3 Get Your Car to a Safe Place
If you can move your car, make sure to get it off the road to a safe place. Often this will be a shoulder that can still be hazardous but is safer than on the highway. Ideally, you pull into a parking lot or a roadside business to exchange insurance information.
4 Call the Police
You should call the police if a crash results in injuries or there is significant property damage. When the cops arrive ask for a copy of the police report and obtain the identifying information of police officers.
5 Exchange information in a safe place
Drivers involved in fender benders and other accidents should obtain names, phone numbers, addresses, drivers’ license numbers, basic insurance information and license plate numbers at the accident scene. Also get identifying information for witnesses. Exchange information in a safe place as far from the road as possible. Always keep an eye out for oncoming traffic if you are at the roadside exchanging insurance information.
Contact an Experienced Chesapeake Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a Chesapeake Expressway Accident or another wreck in the City of Chesapeake, you should contact an experienced injury attorney as soon as possible.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has a client meeting location on Independence Parkway in the Greenbrier area of Chesapeake. We meet clients by appointment here or our attorneys can come to your home or your hospital bed. Contact our experienced Chesapeake personal injury team today for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.