The intersection of Poplar Road and US Rt 17 has a high rate of accidents.
Between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 12, 2008, there were 27 vehicle crashes within 30 feet of the intersection of Poplar Road and U.S. 17, according to VDOT records.
Seventeen of the crashes resulted in injuries. More than half of the crashes, 15, resulted from red-light running. The rest were angle crashes, involving turning movements.
A crash there recently killed Stafford resident Susan Lee Haines, whose Honda sedan was hit by a tractor trailer as Ms. Haines turned left onto Route 17 from Poplar Rd.
The wreck is under investigation and The Stafford Sheriff’s Office is still looking for witnesses who saw the crash.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is performing a safety review of the intersection.
There have been several proposals on how to increase safety at the intersection. Ideas include adding a camera to catch drivers who run the red light and lowering the speed limit to 35 mph.
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The State Police advise people attending the inauguration to prepare for bad weather, severe traffic congestion, long lines and huge crowds.
“As individuals, groups and others get organized and begin making arrangements to attend this remarkable
milestone in our nation’s history, we ask that they take time to also be adequately prepared,” says Colonel W.
Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “With so many expected to attend the various inaugural
events, we do anticipate significant traffic delays throughout Northern Virginia and points south, as well as the
potential for inclement weather and large crowds.”
If you are planning to go to the inauguration please be well prepared to spend many hours outside in the cold and potentially wet weather. Make sure you dress in layers to keep warm and wear your best walking shoes.
Also give consideration to using public transportation. Driving into Washington DC will be even more difficult than usual and the security level will be very high. Many roads and bridges will be closed and parking restricted to certain areas.
Many people who get bitten by dogs do not make a claim for their injuries because the owner of the dog is a family member, friend or neighbor.
You must remember that, if you are a victim of a dog bite, the owner of the dog most likely has insurance to protect him from the possibility of a dog bite case. Most homeowners or renters policies have coverage for dog bites, even if the attack occurred away from home.
This means that the dog owner will usually not pay anything when his dog injures somebody, thus avoiding an uncomfortable situation for both parties.
Dogs can be unpredictable animals and they do bite people. Sometimes a very sweet dog will have an episode and bite somebody unexpectedly. Perhaps the dog was in a bad mood or for some other unknown reason. The point is that bites do sometimes happen from otherwise good dogs.
Rashmikant Dahyadhai Tatel of Amelia was walking along US Route 360 around 6pm on the night of January 7, when he was hit and killed by a pickup truck.
Brandon Finch of Amelia was driving a 1986 Dodge truck when he struck Mr. Tatel near US 360 Business. Mr. Tatel was pronounced dead at the scene.
This accident is a sad reminder that it is important to slow down and try and be aware of pedestrians and bicyclists that share the roads with cars. It seems that there have been more people walking and biking lately and they often have no sidewalks or separate lane to use in their travels.
At the Hanover County Parks and Rec building in Ashland, Virginia, there will be a rabies vaccination clinic for pets. Rabies vaccination will cost $7. Also there will be dog licenses available for $6.
It is important to make sure that all you pets are vaccinated for rabies. If they are not vaccinated then they may be at risk and put their owners or others at risk in the case of a bite.
On our highways it’s very common to see tractor-trailers, or semi-trucks, carrying goods to consumers. Unfortunately, these tractor trailers are involved in many accidents with other motor vehicles. There are many contributing factors in tractor trailer wrecks including aggressive driving, speeding, driver fatigue, overloading, failing breaks, defective roadways, and weather, just to name a few.
If you are involved in a tractor trailer accident in Virginia, here are some steps you can take to protect yourself:
1. Make an assessment of your injuries. If you feel that you have been severely injured, don’t move and try to remain calm until a medical or a police team has arrived.
2. Take note of the scene around you and check to see if anyone else was hurt. If possible, call 911 or if there are any witnesses around, have them call for you.
3. If you can, move yourself and your vehicle to a safe area on the side of the road. Get as far away from the highway or roadway traffic as possible and set flares on the road about 100 feet in front of the accident if you have them.
4. Gather as much information as you can including names, addresses, driver’s licenses, and telephone numbers of anyone involved in the accident. Write down a description of the tractor trailer and all the events that happened before and after the accident. You may have to provide this information to insurance adjusters, your accident attorney, or even to a judge.
5. When questioned by the police, be honest and truthful about what happened.
6. Contact an accident lawyer in Richmond as soon as possible – especially if you suffered severe injuries. Keep in mind that the trucking company and their insurance company will try their best to minimize what happened, so it’s very important to hire a lawyer.
Did you know that sport utility vehicles (SUVs) have the the highest rate of deaths occurring in rollover wrecks? According to the Federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 61% of fatalities in rollover crashes come from SUVs.
Because of the height and size of an SUV, it has the propensity to rollover when it is steered hard in an accident avoidance maneuver. Many SUVs have a higher center of gravity and a narrower distance between the wheels which contributes to a rollover. In recent years there has been much consumer demand for SUVs and car makers continue to churn out these vehicles without making any changes to protect drivers and passengers. An SUV rollover not only is dangerous to the driver and passengers in the SUV, it’s dangerous for other cars that are on the road when a rollover happens.
However, all this could change in the future because the government is requiring automakers to install anti-rollover technology in all vehicles by 2012. According to this article at CBS News, the technology, known as electronic stability control, or ESC, has been called the greatest safety advance since the seat belt. The technology helps drivers avoid skidding on icy or slick roads and maintain control of their vehicles when swerving to avoid an unexpected object in the middle of the road. It’s possible that this new technology could possibly save up to 9,600 lives annually.
An SUV rollover case in Richmond can be quite complex, as any auto accident case is. Knowledge of Virginia laws governing negligence as well as federal safety regulations is important, which dictates the help of an experienced accident attorney who is aware of all these laws and regulations.
If you have been injured in an SUV rollover accident, call O’Bryan Law at 1-800-372-4099 for a free consultation.