Hampton I-64 Car Accident Caused by 18-Year-Old, Charges Pending

Two Separate Crashes Caused by 18-Year-Old Driver, Charges Pending

An 18-year-old driver is currently facing charges after causing two separate accidents on I-64 in Hampton on Tuesday, March 28th. According to Wavy, the driver was in the left lane heading toward a lane closure and failed to move over. The driver then struck a semi-truck causing it to flip. The accident blocked several lanes which in turn caused a second crash. 

The driver of the semi truck had minor injuries. The 18-year-old was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The 18-year-old is now facing multiple charges which include reckless driving and failure to yield. 

Common Car Accident Causes

The Virginia Highway Safety Office compiles statistics on the most common causes of car accidents in the state. In 2021, Virginia car accidents caused by a failure to yield, following too closely, and improper lane changes topped the list. The number of Virginia car accidents increased by 12.2% compared to 2020. Car accident injuries also increased by 11.6%, while fatalities were up by 14.3% in Virginia.

Other common causes of car accidents include:

  • speeding
  • hit and run
  • improper passing
  • improper turn
  • running traffic lights
  • distracted driving
  • drunk driving


Car accidents can be incredibly hard on the body. Even when you’re wearing your seatbelt, injuries can happen. Some of the most common car accident injuries include:

  • Whiplash: This is the common term used to describe tendon, muscle, and ligament injuries that happen in car accidents. Car crashes cause the body to move suddenly and unexpectedly – faster than you would ever move on your own. That kind of trauma can cause muscle strain and other soft tissue damage. Whiplash can be incredibly painful and take a long time to heal.
  • Cuts and Scrapes: The impact of a car accident can cause a person to hit their head against the dashboard, have their phone fly at their face, or be struck by other loose articles in the vehicle. Scrapes and cuts aren’t just painful; in many cases, they can cause serious scarring that leaves a person with the physical reminder of their accident for the rest of their life.
  • Head Wounds: Brain injuries are another common type of car accident injury. When not treated properly, brain injuries can cause serious, long-term issues with brain function. Headaches and sleep trouble are common for those who experience car accident head wounds. Brain injuries are some of the hardest kinds of injuries to diagnose, which is why it’s so important to seek medical attention after a crash even if you aren’t bleeding or showing signs of injury.
  • Broken Bones: Broken ribs, arms, legs, and hips are all common car crash injuries. Collisions place an unnatural degree of force on the body, often leading to painful breaks. These kinds of injuries are common in all types of car accidents, but are especially frequent in rear-end and side-impact crashes.
  • Internal Bleeding: Small cuts and scrapes are typical for car accident survivors, as is internal bleeding. It’s important to seek medical attention as soon after the crash as possible, as internal bleeding can be life-threatening.

Virginia Car Accident Lawyer 

Immediate investigation often makes the difference between winning and losing a car accident injury case. The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. conducts immediate investigations to identify crucial witnesses and preserve important evidence. Our attorneys and staff will immediately notify the insurance companies involved to protect you from abusive insurance company tactics. Delays in an investigation can destroy your case because evidence is often lost and key witnesses can become very difficult to locate over time. If you’ve been injured in a Virginia car accident, contact our Virginia personal injury lawyers for a free consultation 757-233-0009 (call or text).