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Wrong Way Drivers Often Drunk, High

A woman police suspected was drunk, or on drugs, drove into the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel on I-64 going the wrong way. Fortunately, no one died, but at least three accidents occurred and at least one other driver was seriously injured, according to WAVY TV-10

Unfortunately, the accidents described above occur far more often than people may think. Our firm has reported on numerous wrong-way driving wrecks in Virginia:

There may be nothing more frightening for a driver than to see another car or truck heading directly toward them, promising a head-on collision. Unfortunately, several residents of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News and the other cities of Hampton Roads have been injured or killed in wrong way accidents in the past month. The most tragic and inexplicable of these accidents was probably the crash on Dec. 29 in which a driver smashed through a lowered gate on a HOV lane exit on I-264 and took the life of a woman driving the right way.

Signs, signals and barriers are necessary to prevent wrong way traffic accidents. These are almost always in place, which then makes it drivers' responsibility for heeding those warnings. Drunk and drugged drivers are particularly prone to driving the wrong way on surfacce roads and highways because they are especially prone to ignoring traffic signs and signals. Drivers can only be assured of their safety when they can know that no one will be coming toward them, the wrong way, because of being drunk or high.

 

Richard N. Shapiro
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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