Children Were Injured in Hampton SUV Rollover Crash
We were saddened to read about a Hampton SUV rollover crash last night that injured children who were ejected.
Virginia State Police said two or three children were ejected from an SUV in a crash on Interstate 64 in the City of Hampton.
This accident appeared to be a classic case of a driver failing to moderate her speed on a busy interstate. A report on WAVY.com noted a woman driving a 2004 Ford Expedition west on I-64 attempted to avoid traffic that was braking suddenly but crashed into a 2005 Mercedes-Benz
State police say the Ford Expedition overturned during the crash, ejecting two and possibly three children. There was no information on the injuries sustained but a driver and three children were taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News.
A man who was in the Ford limped away from the scene, according to Virginia State Police. All westbound lanes were blocked for several hours while emergency crews worked to clear the crash. Numerous ambulances were at the wreck scene.
The male driver of the Mercedes was taken to Riverside with injuries described as not life-threatening. State police say charges are pending over this crash.
My thoughts are with the young victims of this serious Hampton SUV rollover crash. Reports that they were ejected suggest they may not have been safely restrained in their seats.
Hampton SUV Rollover Crash – Why These Accidents Are More Deadly
Rollover crashes are the most deadly types of accident on the highways of Virginia. They are even more likely to be fatal than head-on collisions. People involved are more likely to sustain head injuries.
Rollover crash incidents are complicated and often violent in nature, states SaferCar.org. Rollover accidents in Virginia reflect speed and the level of control a driver shows. Vehicle type is also a factor. High sided vehicles like SUVs are more likely to be involved in rollover accidents.
Taller, narrower vehicles like SUVs, pickups, and vans have higher centers of gravity, and are more likely to rollover if involved in a single-vehicle crash.
There is a strong correlation between high speed and fatal rollover crashes. SaferCar.org states 40 percent of fatal rollover crashes involve excess speeding. Nearly three-quarters of rollover accidents took place on roads where the posted speed limit was 55 miles-per-hour or higher.
Many rollover accidents are linked to alcohol. Nearly half of fatal accidents of this nature involved drunk driving. Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your judgment. Never drink and drive.
Alcohol appears to have been a factor in a wreck in Norfolk on Sunday night when a man was hit standing outside a restaurant.
We were saddened to read about a crash at the intersection of Granby Street and Plume Street in Norfolk just before 5 p.m. Police found an unidentified man lying in the road.
A preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a Honda SUV lost control of his car and struck the man as he was standing outside a restaurant. The pedestrian was reported to be in a critical condition.
A driver from Chesapeake was taken into custody. Police say he was charged with driving under the influence. He is due in court tomorrow morning.
My thoughts are with the victim who was left in a critical condition when he was hit on the sidewalk by a restaurant. There is never any excuse for driving under the influence of alcohol. In some cases, victims can claim additional damages after a Virginia DUI crash.
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in an auto accident, please call our Hampton Roads car accident wreck lawyers at (757) 455-0077.