Wrong Way Driver Causes Fatality | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

A head-on collision is most likely the accident that you never see coming.  Since the two vehicles strike from opposite directions, the force of the impact is doubled, making trauma and injury much more likely. These accidents take place when a car or truck leaves their lane and crosses the double-yellow centerline into oncoming traffic.

On Thursday morning a 55-year-old driver was killed when he lost control of his vehicle while traveling south on U.S. 17 (RT 17) in Chesapeake, Virginia (VA) near the North Carolina (NC) border.  Even a median couldn’t stop him and he careened over it at 11:15 a.m. and hit a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe head-on, according to The Virginian Pilot.


When police officers arrived, the driver of the Isuzu was dead.  Our thoughts go out to his family for his untimely death.  We don’t know yet why he lost control but it may have been the weather or even a faulty break system that we reported on earlier. 

What we do know is that the two adult occupants of the Tahoe that he crashed into were taken to Chesapeake Regional Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.  Although their injuries were considered non-life-threatening that just means they won’t die.  It certainly doesn’t reduce the amount of pain and trauma that they have to go through at a time when they should be celebrating and spending time with family.  The crash remains under investigation to determine whether speed or the weather were factors.

There are many legal options that are available to victims  of a wrong-way driver car crash and the serious risks associated with such reckless driving behavior.