Accidents do not occur on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel as often as on more congested crossings such as the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel linking Hampton and Norfolk and the Downtown Tunnel linking Norfolk and Portsmouth but when they do occur they can be very serious.
A lot of big rigs use the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to get from Hampton Roads to the Eastern Shore and vice versa. When trucks are involved in collisions with cars, injuries sustained can be serious or even fatal.
Early on Tuesday this week, a driver was reported to have been hurt when his car collided with a tractor-trailer on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
ABC 13 reported that the accident involving the Mustang and two big rigs. It closed the southbound lanes for about 45 minutes. There were no other details available on the extent of the crash or the driver’s injuries.
Crashes involving big trucks are far from rare on this network of bridges and tunnels. In this video my colleague Bill O’Mara talks about the hazards of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
In May, 2014, the driver of a tractor trailer was killed when his big rig crashed into a maintenance truck before jack-knifing and crashing into the water off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The driver was heading northbound at the same time as workers were on the CBBT making repairs to cracks.
The tractor trailer hit one of the maintenance trucks, as well as a light pole, police say. It then went over the railing and into the water.
There are many inherent dangers on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel including steep inclines and stretches in which the roadway switches from being separated to being a single tube.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel spans the mouth of the bay, connecting Virginia Beach to Cape Charles in Northampton County on the Eastern Shore.
It’s used because it’s a time-saving shortcut for motorists traveling from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York. Built in 1964, the 17.6-mile span became the world’s largest bridge-tunnel complex and is held up as an example of an engineering feat..
It is owned, operated, and maintained by The Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission as opposed to Virginia Department of Transportation. The maximum height is 13 feet, 6 inches.
Any accident involving a car and a big rig has the potential to be serious. When a trucker is held to be liable for an accident, a number of parties can be held to blame, depending on the nature of the accident. See our Eastern Shore of Virginia injury lawyers questions and answers about trucking accidents. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can be contacted at 757.455.0077.