Newport News, VA (July 16, 2021) – Authorities with Virginia Beach Fire & Rescue and officers from the Newport News Police Department responded to a crash that occurred on Friday evening, July 16, and sent at least one victim to an area hospital.
Rescuers dispatched to the scene say that the two-vehicle crash happened around 10:45 p.m. on Route 17 at the James River Bridge in Newport News. Though the events leading up to the accident remain unclear, initial information released showed that multiple southbound travel lanes were blocked for more than an hour. At least one victim was transported to an area medical center, but the total number of victims and the severity of their injuries are unknown.
Officers say the investigation into the circumstances causing the crash is ongoing.
Our thoughts are with the victims who were injured in this accident. We hope for their full recovery.
Multi-Vehicle Accidents in Virginia
Nearly 1,000 people lose their lives in motor vehicle accidents in the Commonwealth of Virginia each year. Another 65,000 people are seriously injured as a result of these collisions and continue to suffer from long-term physical problems or emotional trauma in the aftermath, especially if they sustain TBIs, fractures, spinal cord injuries, and more. As a result of these serious accidents, particularly those involving several cars, victims face drastic limitations going forward. Although serious motor vehicle accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, the majority of fatal crashes in our state fall under one of three causes, including:
- Speeding: Speed is the main factor in nearly half of fatal accidents occurring in Virginia.
- Drunk driving: Almost 30% of fatal crashes across the state involved at least one driver under the influence.
- Violating traffic laws: Distracted driving, texting behind the wheel, or failing to yield to other drivers as a major cause of serious Virginia wrecks.
Even if you strive to protect yourself and others while on the road, there is no way to guarantee that others will act responsibly. Unfortunately, tens of thousands of people are left with debilitating injuries after accidents that are caused by the negligence of another driver. Oftentimes, these victims require medical treatment and ongoing therapy that can quickly add up to tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket. Thankfully, if you were injured in an accident that’s occurred through no fault of your own, you can reach out to a car accident attorney in Virginia. Contacting an attorney in the aftermath of your accident is essential, as you may be entitled to compensation to help cover the financial burdens you face moving forward.
Attorney Ron Kramer II at Virginia Beach Injury Law has years of experience helping victims and their families get the justice they deserve. Our personal injury attorneys in Virginia understand the numerous challenges victims face, and we are driven to provide the most competent, effective legal representation possible. Our legal team goes above and beyond to ensure our clients are able to secure their fair, full compensation. If you’ve been injured in a wreck caused by another party’s negligence, act quickly to protect your legal rights. Please call our law firm in Hampton Roads at (757) 802-4662 to schedule a free consultation with our team at your earliest convenience.
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