Virginia interstate and highway accident lawyers
The global pandemic caused a decrease in Virginia traffic accidents in 2020. We would naturally expect traffic fatalities to have declined too, but they actually increased by more than 2 percent over the previous year.
One explanation is that more people were speeding and driving recklessly: speed-related fatalities jumped by 16 percent. The number of people killed in traffic crashes who were not wearing seat belts also increased from the year before.
The moral is: fewer cars on the road does not mean people should drive more recklessly. If you were injured in a crash on an interstate or highway in Virginia, speak to an experienced lawyer: your recovery can be expensive, and you should not have to carry that burden alone.
Reach out to GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777. We’ll sit down with you in a free consultation to go over all your options. We’ve worked for big insurance companies, and as trial lawyers. Now we are proud to serve our neighbors here in Virginia with our unique experience and expertise.
In 2020, more than 105,000 traffic crashes happened in Virginia, according to our Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). These accidents caused more than 800 deaths and nearly 53,000 injuries. More than 6,000 of these wrecks were alcohol-related, and another 22,000 were speed-related. Crashes in which speeding was a factor increased by 9.1 percent from the previous year.
As you can see, driver negligence is a major contributing factor in many motor vehicle accidents. Common types of negligence include:
- Distracted driving: Distraction is anything that pulls a driver’s attention away from the road ahead, reducing their ability to safely operate the vehicle. It can include eating, drinking, grooming, talking to passengers, adjusting music, or looking at the GPS. Texting while driving is a common and particularly alarming form of distracted driving, because driving requires complete visual, manual, and cognitive attention.
- Impaired driving: It’s illegal everywhere in the United States, including the Commonwealth, to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Impairment from drugs is not limited to illegal substances. Even prescription and over-the-counter medications can impair driving ability. Of course, alcohol remains a factor in many fatal accidents in Virginia and across the nation. Remember, just because some possession of marijuana is now legal in Virginia does NOT mean you can be stoned and drive on a public road.
- Fatigued driving: Driving while sleep-deprived can be nearly as dangerous as driving drunk. Nearly 700 people died in fatal drowsy-driving-related crashes in a recent year, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These types of accidents happen most frequently between midnight and 6 a.m., or in the late afternoon. They often happen on rural roads and highways, and they may involve a driver running off the road at a high speed.
- Aggressive driving: Aggressive driving is a combination of dangerous driving behaviors. It may include speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, cutting in front of other drivers, and running red lights and stop signs. Aggressive driving is a major concern for other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians who share the roads.
- Unsafe actions by inexperienced drivers: Inexperienced drivers can make errors that put others at risk. For example, an inexperienced driver may not leave a large enough gap in traffic, or they may turn left in front of an oncoming vehicle traveling through an intersection on a green light. Without sufficient experience in judging speed and distance, a new driver may inadvertently cut another vehicle off. This type of beginner’s mistake can lead to serious accidents and injuries.
An experienced auto accident attorney will calculate the value of your claim using several factors, including the severity of your injuries, the extent of your medical treatment, and the amount of income you have lost.
At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we can assess the full extent of your losses and secure evidence to show that the other driver was at fault for your accident, and they should be expected to pay the price.
If you have been injured in a highway accident through someone else’s negligence, contact us at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 to schedule your free consultation today. We will always treat you like friends and neighbors, because that’s what you are.
Recent Interstate and Highway Accident Case Results
DISCLAIMER. Each case is handled based on the individual facts and circumstances of the case. These results are NOT indicative of the outcome of any potential case. All case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case, and these case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case undertaken by our firm.
- $275,000 Compensation - Woman whose vehicle overturned on an interstate highway was struck and killed in the roadway.
- $100,000 Compensation - Woman suffered a severe injury when another driver crashed into the back of the woman’s vehicle on an interstate highway.
- $90,000 Compensation - Woman's vehicle was struck from behind on an interstate entrance ramp by a negligent driver.
- $71,000 Compensation - Woman was injured when another driver struck her vehicle on a highway.
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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.
- Safety Education
GibsonSingleton launches “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
- Annual Coat Drive
During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
- Hands-on Service
John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
- Supporting Local Schools
The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.