Congested Highways in Hampton Roads Virginia Lead to Car Accidents: A Virginia Beach, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney’s Advice
When I ride around the seven cities of Hampton roads on my way to work or to court I see just how packed our roadways have become. Such main highways as Interstate 64 (I64) on my way from my home in Norfolk through Hampton and Newport News on my way to Richmond, Virginia for a doctors deposition, is a classic example. Even when the traffic is flowing well it is often bumper to bumper at certain bottlenecks where the highway goes down to two lanes.
Rear-end collisions are the most common type of crash that occurs on our highways in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area. As a personal injury attorney specializing in car and truck wrecks for over 20 years it always amazes me how often such collisions occur. When you are driving at highway speeds of 55 mph posted speed limit or even higher as traffic always flows faster the consequences of a wreck are always extreme including potentially broken bones, hospitalization and brain injuries.
To keep yourself and your children safe while you are taking them to school or running around town doing errands always leave as much space as you can between you and the vehicle in front of you. The rule according to the DMV book is to have 10 to 15 feet or a car length for every ten miles an hour. This would mean that on Interstate 264 (I264) on a commute from the Oceanfront to Downtown Norfolk that you should be at least 50 feet behind the closest vehicle in front of you. Often that is an unrealistic amount of cushion to prevent following too close. However, it is always better safe than sorry if you run into somebody from behind it is going to be determined to be your fault and may involve the needless loss of life or severe injury to another person.
The Norfolk and Virginia Beach based personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries. John Cooper and Jim Hurley have over 40 years of combined experience in handling auto injury accident claims. Attorney John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA, and always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or contact us through this website.