The driver of a 2009 Honda Accord was traveling in excess of 100mph on Interstate 264 (I-264) in Virginia Beach, Virginia early Sunday morning (around 1 a.m.) when the car suddenly veered off the road and slammed into a guard rail. This caused the operator of a 2009 Yamaha motorcycle to hit the rail resulting in the rider being flung from the bike. All in all, three people were injured in this accident and will require medical treatment. 

Reports indicate the driver of the Accord allegedly had alcohol in their system and that played a role in the accident, according to The Virginian-Pilot. They have been charged with reckless driving.

I hate hearing about these types of accidents since there’s a chance they could have been prevented if the at-fault driver exercised more responsibility. Not only did this driver display reckless behavior by getting behind the wheel after drinking, but also for driving at a dangerously high speed.  

In Virginia (VA), there were 37,099 car crashes related to speeding back in 2008. Close to half (15,041) of those wrecks involved someone suffering a serious injury like a broken neck, severe burns, shattered pelvis, or traumatic brain injury. Approximately 349 of those wrecks resulted in a loss of life, according to the Virginia DMV.

I understand the desire to get where you’re going expeditiously, but speeding isn’t the answer. The risks far outweigh the potential time saved. This I-264 accident is a prime example.