One person died and another driver went to the hospital with critical injuries when three vehicles collided on the interstate in Chesapeake, Virginia (VA), on the morning of February 12, 2017. The wreck happened in the northbound lanes of I-664 near the exit to Portsmouth Boulevard.
According to news reports, a man traveling south on the beltway at 7:50 am ran across the median and hit a pickup truck and a Lexus sedan head-on. The pickup driver escaped injuries, while the wrong-way driver lost his life in the collision. The person behind the wheel of the Lexus almost died. Emergency responders had to cut her from the wreckage of her car.
Police investigators could not immediately determine why the at-fault driver lost control of his vehicle and headed into the path of oncoming traffic. Analyses of wrong-way crashes performed by the Federal Highway Administration identified the most common causes of head-on collisions as crossing a center line, using an exit ramp as an on ramp or driving across a median due to
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Becoming distracted
- Taking a curve too fast
- Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs
Investigators do not believe that alcohol use played any role in setting the stage for this interstate head-on in Chesapeake, and the roadway where the crash happened is straight. These facts, coupled with the time at which the collision occurred, leave driver fatigue as a leading theory. If evidence shows that the at-fault driver nodded off before losing control of his car, his insurance policy would cover the other person who suffered injuries.
News reports do not include details on how the woman who went to the hospital got hurt. Australian research revealed that typical injuries suffered in head-on collisions include severe head and facial injuries, as well as severe damage to the chest. pelvis, legs and feet. And, certainly, reports that the surviving victim’s injuries were life-threatening indicate that she will face steep medical bills and lingering financial difficulties even if she makes a full physical recovery.
Consulting with a Virginia personal injury lawyer who has extensive experience helping people hurt in Chesapeake car crashes caused by other drivers would help the woman who got hit head-on on I-664 deal with insurers and secure the compensation and damages she requires. Should she be unable to attend to her own legal matters for some time, a close family member can be designated as her representative for speaking with lawyers and insurance company representatives.