Car accidents frequently happen on highways across the state of Virginia. Statistics don’t lie, though, and some highways are simply more dangerous than others. Highway 58 in the Tidewater region is a particularly dangerous stretch of road, according to news reports and crash statistics.
Below, we’ll examine some recent collisions and data to help you better understand the hazards you might face when navigating this stretch of road.
Recent Accidents on Highway 58
Two recent accidents on Highway 58 include the following:
- According to ABC 13 News Now, on a wintery Tuesday morning in March 2018, a multitude of accidents happened in succession due to weather-related incidents around Franklin and Courtland. Several people were injured, and the highway was backed up for hours.
- In October, the Virginian-Pilot reported a deadly crash involving two tractor-trailers and a car during morning rush hour in Southampton County. The passenger vehicle rear-ended the two tractor-trailers, which had stopped for a school bus. Four people inside the car died on impact.
What Makes U.S. 58 Dangerous?
Highway 58 is the most dangerous highway in the state of Virginia, according to Patch and data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System. Between the summer months of 2015-2017, there were 45 fatalities on this stretch of road alone.
Accidents occur because of road maintenance issues, (a result of the heavy traffic Highway 58 sees daily), weather-related concerns, and unsafe driving. Also, sections of the road are school bus routes, which means that bus pick-ups and drop-offs often force drivers to stop or slow down suddenly and unexpectedly.
Common Injuries in Car Accidents
If you have been involved in a car crash, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible. Keep in mind that some symptoms might not appear immediately after the crash, so it is always a good idea to get a thorough examination as soon as possible.
A few examples of common injuries from car accidents include:
- Head and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
In the aftermath of a crash, you might be left to deal with costly medical bills, short or long term pain, loss of wages and future earnings, a damaged or totaled vehicle, and a prolonged recovery. Contact a lawyer to seek the qualified legal assistance you need to recover the compensation you’re owed.
How Ruloff, Swain, Haddad, Morecock, Talbert & Woodward, P.C. Can Help
For over 30 years, the attorneys at Ruloff, Swain, Haddad, Morecock, Talbert & Woodward, P.C. have fought to protect those injured in car accidents and to make our community safer.
We understand the challenges involved in pursuing an auto accident case, and we have the resources to get the job done. If you’ve been injured in a car accident while driving U.S. 58, you may be entitled to compensation. We’re prepared to do everything in our power to pursue what you’re owed.
Contact us today by phone or online for a free consultation.