While most drivers in Roanoke City adhere to the rules of the road and operate their vehicles safely, there is always the danger of a reckless driver, a negligent driver or a drunk driver causing an auto accident. Car accidents can have deadly consequences as well as lead to long-term legal problems for the person who is deemed to have been intoxicated in a drunk driving accident. Holiday weekends are times that are especially rife with the potential for such crashes.
Driving a car is a necessary part of life for most Virginia residents. Because it is such a common, day-to-day activity, many forget the dangers and risks associated with driving a motor vehicle. The reality, however, is that driving is likely one of the more dangerous activities that people engage in every day. It is unfortunately very common to hear of car accidents in which someone is severely injured or killed. While sometimes these accidents are due to unavoidable road or weather conditions, oftentimes they result from the reckless or negligent actions of others.
Virginia residents know that when someone has had a night of drinking, that person should not be operating a vehicle under any condition. Alcohol can impair judgment and vision. It is also dangerous to other drivers on the roads because a drunk driver poses a greater threat of causing a car crash. It can cause irreparable damage to other drivers and passengers. Sometimes, it can even end in a fatality.
According to Henrico Police, a two-vehicle accident happened at about 1 a.m. on Dec. 13. A motorist was stopped at the intersection of East Parham and Chamberlayne Roads in northbound lanes. As the driver advanced her vehicle into the intersection, a vehicle traveling east on Parham went straight into the intersection, hitting the first vehicle on the driver's side. The driver of the northbound vehicle died at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle was transported to VCU Medical Center to be treated for his injuries after the car wreck.
The state of Virginia has released crash and ticketing data related to the long Labor Day weekend. Based on information from the state police, a total of nine deaths occurred as a result of automobile accidents. Authorities were called to the scene of 636 accidents, and of the nine that were fatal, eight involved cars, and one involved a moped. The individual who died as a result of the moped accident was wearing his helmet, authorities say, and of the eight individuals involved in the deadly car accidents, five were not wearing seat belts at the time of the collision. Two of the car accidents that ended in death involved alcohol.
According to Vermont State Police, a crash that happened on Interstate 89 may have been caused by faulty tires.