Since the lanes were operating last Saturday, there have been six accidents reported at the northbound entrance.
But authorities stated that steps already are being taken to make the I-495 express lanes in Virginia safer after six accidents since Saturday. When the express lane was opened, the first official rush hour commute for Virginia’s new express lanes saw a four-car crash – it was the 5th collision since the new lanes were open Saturday.
By the afternoon of Monday, there was one more, making it a total of 6.
A Virginia State Police spokesperson said that all the six crashes happened at the entrance to the northbound Express Lanes (Braddock Road Exit 54).
In each of the cases, northbound drivers swerved or made sudden lane changes to avoid entering the toll lanes. The drivers then lost control and crashed into other vehicles and/or cement barriers. Officials said that they would review data from the day and consider tweaks to the rollout of the program.
Virginia State Police Fairfax Division Commander Capt. Mike Spivey gave this message of caution in a release:
If you are headed out this evening or will be using I-495 in the morning, then please plan ahead and before your trip research your options with the new Express Lanes. Your morning drive on I-495 is going to look much different from what you are used to, so take advantage tonight of the maps and detailed information provided at www.495ExpressLanes.com. Familiarize yourself with where the traffic lanes change to decide if you want or can use the Express Lanes in the morning, thus preventing yourself from being stuck in traffic or causing a serious crash.
To avoid the express lane tolls, drivers have also been stopping or backing up something they should never do. Drivers can pay the toll online at www.495ExpressLanes.com if they don’t have an EZPass.
Car accident victims may be entitled to financial compensation for pain and suffering in addition to economic damages.
Please consult an experienced Arlington, VA car accident lawyer.