Car crashes happen every day, often resulting in severe and lasting injuries for the people involved. In particularly tragic cases, victims might not survive their injuries, leaving the surviving family members to pick up the pieces.
Some highways, such as Interstate 64 in Virginia, may be more dangerous than others.
Because the team at Ruloff, Swain, Haddad, Morecock, Talbert & Woodward want everyone to be safe on the road, we’ve provided some helpful information about I-64 below, including recent accidents, why the road is so dangerous, and your rights if you are hurt in a crash on this highway due to someone else’s negligence.
Recent Accidents on I-64 in Virginia
In March 2015, a deadly five-car pile-up on I-64 in New Kent County resulted in one fatality and one serious injury. Traffic had slowed due to a disabled car, and a tractor-trailer couldn’t slow in time, hitting a vehicle and causing a chain-reaction crash.
In November 2019, icy, foggy conditions led to near-zero visibility, causing a dangerous accident in Augusta County. A tour bus couldn’t avoid hitting an overturned trailer and crashed into it head on, splitting it in half. More than 20 patients were taken to a nearby hospital, and many suffered severe injuries.
What Makes I-64 dangerous?
I-64 contains one of the most dangerous sections of road in the state. The eastbound mile marker 267, about a mile before the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, is the second most dangerous road segment in Virginia, with 161 crashes in the last four years.
Many factors contribute to the hazards posed by I-64. Examples include high traffic volume, abruptly stopped traffic, turns, poor visibility in rain and fog, and more.
Common Injuries in Car Accidents
While some collisions result in little more than bumps, bruises, and minor property damage, collisions on interstates (where vehicles are traveling at much higher speeds than city streets or country roads) often result in catastrophic injuries.
Some serious injuries frequently reported after car accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head and neck injuries, including whiplash
- Back and spine injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia)
- Broken or fractured bones
- Internal organ injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
If you are involved in a crash on I-64, seek medical attention immediately. If another driver’s reckless or careless actions caused you harm, you could be eligible to seek compensation from them through a personal injury claim.
How Ruloff, Swain, Haddad, Morecock, Talbert & Woodward, P.C. Can Help
At Ruloff, Swain, Haddad, Morecock, Talbert & Woodward, P.C, we’ve been helping people hurt in auto accidents in Virginia for over 30 years. We have the experience and resources to pursue the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Contact us today to set up a free and completely confidential consultation. Call us, chat with us live, or fill out a contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Virginia Beach injury lawyer today.