On Easter Sunday, 95 vehicles were involved in a miles-long pileup along Interstate 77 near Fancy Gap Mountain. Three people were killed in collisions with commercial tractor-trailers in this chain-reaction crash, which Virginia State Police say was probably caused by dense fog.
Fog can be extremely dangerous for motorists, especially for those traveling at high rates of speed on a highway or interstate, and especially for those sharing the roadway with trucks. It is no coincidence that all three fatalities in last month’s pileup involved big rigs—18-wheelers are bigger, heavier, and higher off of the ground than other vehicles. In a chain reaction crash, they are harder to avoid and hit other vehicles with more force.
The Easter Sunday chain-reaction crash is an important reminder to be aware of fog and take foggy conditions seriously. What can you do to avoid a fog-related accident with a tractor-trailer?
- Listen to weather reports before taking a trip on the interstate—if there are fog warnings, consider rescheduling your trip.
- Consider exiting the highway when you encounter fog—the condition could lift in minutes or hours, and a pit stop may prevent an accident and save your life.
- Avoid navigating by following other people’s taillights—they may suddenly pull to the side of the road or become involved in an accident.
- Avoid switching lanes unless required to, and show extreme caution when lanes merge.
- Keep an eye on your speedometer. Fog can create the illusion that you are driving much slower than you are.
Do you believe you deserve compensation in the wake of a fog-related traffic accident? Call the Virginia personal injury attorneys at Shapiro, Appleton & Washburntoday to speak to a lawyer about your case: 800-752-0042.