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I-95 Accident Snarls Traffic, Injures Tractor-Trailer Driver

Why do people change lanes back and forth? Do they actually think they are going to get anywhere any faster? Most of the time, these impatient drivers don't even bother to put on a turn signal before they dart into your lane.

It was one of those drivers that started the Virginia (VA) Memorial Day weekend traffic rush off with a bang on I-95 on Friday. A Dinwiddie man was charged with making an unsafe lane change after striking a tractor-trailer, Virginia State Police reported.

The crash occurred on the Appomattox River Bridge in the northbound lanes of the inerstate, just south of the Southpark Boulevard exit. A 2002 Lexus was attempting to change lanes and struck a 1999 Kenworth tractor-trailer, said Sgt. Thomas J. Molnar in a statement.

The car then ran off the left side of the highway, striking the jersey wall and winding up facing traffic. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 9 percent of all car accidents occurred when vehicles were changing lanes or merging. That equates to more than 500,000 car wrecks in the United States. An improper lane change could cause a major car accident which in turn results in serious injury or death. As a car accident injury attorney I know that a quick lane change is not something to take for granted. The consequences can be devastating.


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