Regular readers of our McLean Law Blog will recall that we recently shared the concerns of Virginia law enforcement officials over Thanksgiving driving safety. Their concerns were clearly well founded. According to news reports, 12 people were killed over the Thanksgiving holiday in motor vehicle crashes on Virginia highways.
It's an all-too-common sight around McLean: drivers with phones in their hands. They're talking, texting and looking at the phone for directions and more. Unfortunately. the attention given to their electronics is not being given to the traffic, pedestrians and street signs.
There is a terrible moment in some car crashes in which the driver knows right before impact that a violent collision is inevitable. It seems likely that a 49-year-old Virginia man experienced just such a flash of dread before a highway crash that left him seriously injured and two others dead.
The violent crashes involving big commercial trucks on the highways, streets and interstates in the McLean area seem to be happening more frequently. Tractor trailers are the biggest vehicles on our roadways and the deadliest.
It's that time of year: summer is drawing to a close, which means that in McLean and across Virginia, students have either started classes again or about to resume. It's an exciting time for parents and children, but also a time that calls for motorists to be extra cautious in and near school zones to avoid child pedestrian accidents and injuries.
If you drive southwest of McLean for about seven hours, you'll arrive in St. Paul, Virginia. The small town was recently the site of a tractor-trailer crash in which the big rig apparently blew through a red light and then struck four vehicles.
It is about a three-hour drive southwest of McLean to get to Afton Mountain in Albemarle County. The site in the Blue Ridge Mountains is where a recent multi-vehicle crash took place.
School is out in McLean and across Virginia. For many high school students, that means it’s time to hit the road in vehicles packed with friends in search of adventure. Unfortunately, that combination of factors too often leads to motor vehicle crashes and injuries – sometimes even fatalities.
The Road To Zero winds through McLean and every corner of Virginia. It extends north to Maine, south to Florida, north to Minnesota and west to California – and every place in between. The Road To Zero Coalition is a group of transportation industry leaders who have joined the National Safety Council in its effort to reduce traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities. The group’s uber-ambitious goal is to get motor vehicle fatalities all the way down to zero by 2050.
McLean residents are understandably proud of the thousands and thousands of fine students attending the colleges and universities in the McLean area. It is undoubtedly accurate to say we are just as proud of the area high school students who will one day soon be studying at those seats of higher learning.