The port of Hampton Roads has experienced an unusually high volume in container traffic this year. The port has moved over 2.3 million containers from July 1, 2013 until the end of June. These numbers are up 6.5 percent from the previous fiscal year.
While this growth is good for Virginia International Terminals, or VIT and the local economy, it also means more trucks and trains are out in our community which can mean more accidents. The increase in truck traffic can make driving more difficult for regular automobile motorists, as the trucks are large and often interrupt traffic patterns with wide turns and slow speeds.
The rise in train traffic is also something to watch out for. Whether you’re in a car, on foot, or on a bicycle, use caution when approaching railroad crossings. Only cross if the gates are up, lights are not flashing, and there is no sign of an oncoming train. Remember a railroad can be liable for injuries or deaths on a poorly maintained crossing.
Norfolk’s own Hampton Boulevard is known for being a major truck route, as well as Terminal Boulevard. Recently the Mayor of Norfolk proposed lifting a ban on big trucks on Hampton Boulevard after 4 p.m. Both of these major roads see large volumes of cars, buses and trucks and they are also crossed with train tracks. The intersection of Hampton Boulevard and Terminal Boulevard sees many crashes as my colleague Jim Hurley notes in this video. If you drive on these roads, be careful when driving around container trucks, and be sure to stop, look, and listen at all railroad junctions.
If you or anyone you know has been injured in a truck, car, or train accident, you should seek the proper medical treatment, and then call an experienced Norfolk personal injury lawyer. Call the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757-455-0077, or look us up online at www.cooperhurley.com. When it really counts, count on Cooper Hurley!