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“Real-Time” Traffic Updates Help But Do Not Prevent Car Wrecks

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Virginia (VA) drivers can access many alert systems that inform them of recent car wrecks on busy roads and highways like Interstate 64 (I-64), I-264, I-664, and so forth. Some of these alerts include radio and TV stations and overhead message signs that are updated in "real-time." This means they are broadcast either as they are happening or very shortly after the incident occurs.

VA, car, wreck, crash, accident, injury, injuriesThese frequent updates can be very helpful to VA drivers, especially for drivers already on the road but still far enough away from the problem can immediately begin to seek out an alternate route, thus avoiding the situation all together.

Those who are in a position to receive "real-time" or very current information through electronic communications can read about crashes that may have occurred earlier but are still causing traffic problems (click here for an article that does just that), as well as road closures that for some reason or another may have had to be extended. By having this information available, they can consider whether or not they will be near those problem areas if they will be getting on the road later, and make alternate plans, if necessary.

Even with all these alerts, major car accidents are going to happen. Nearly 63,000 people suffered serious injuries on VA roads and interstates in 2009, according to the VA DMV. If you were the victim of a car crash that was caused by the carelessness of another person, there is a good chance you'll be inundated with paperwork, questions from insurance companies, and a potentially heft hospital bill. This is why you should consult with an injury lawyer to help ease some of the burden. We'll haggle with the insurance company and help with all the relevant legal documents. To learn more, check out our free consumer guide on what you should do if you were hurt in a car accident on a VA road or highway.

 

JM
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