Car accidents are a serious concern for many Virginia motorists, especially those who have long commutes into Washington, D.C., or another large city. Indeed, the number of Virginia car accidents has steadily been increasing over the last decade, with the most recent government statistics for 2018 indicating there were over 131,000 accidents. This represents a 3.5% increase over the 2017 figures. Of all the recorded Virginia traffic accidents, just over half resulted in some kind of severe injury, and over 800 resulted in at least one fatality.
The Virginia state government keeps track of the causes of car accidents in an effort to better understand how to decrease their frequency. According to the most recent government data, the most common causes of traffic accidents are:
- Following too closely
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Making an improper lane change
- Improper turning
- Speeding (or traveling too fast for the conditions)
- Running a red light or ignoring some other traffic signal
Of course, this is an incomplete list and refers only to the action or inaction that caused the accident. In almost all cases, there is some other precipitating cause leading up to the collision. For example, over 7,000 Virginia car accidents involve alcohol or some kind of drug use. Additionally, another 24,000 accidents were caused by distracted driving. These are the two most common dangerous driving behaviors.
Virginia Beach Accident Sends Several Motorists to the Hospital
Earlier this month, a Virginia Beach car accident involving multiple vehicles sent four motorists to the hospital. According to a local news report, the collision occurred at around five a.m. on Sunday morning, at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road.
Evidently, two cars were traveling westbound on Northampton Boulevard, side by side. As the vehicles approached the intersection of Baker Road, the leftmost vehicle attempted to make a quick lane change so that they could make a right turn onto Baker Road. However, that motorist failed to check that the lane was clear and crashed into the other car. One of the vehicles involved in the accident rolled over, and both came to a stop in the roadway. Drivers and passengers from both vehicles were injured as a result of the accident. Police initially issued the driver of the leftmost car a citation for an improper lane change, and are still in the midst of an official investigation.
Have You Been Injured in a Virginia Car Accident?
If you or someone you love has recently been injured in a Virginia car accident, contact the dedicated injury lawyers at Robinson Law PLLC. At Robinson Law, we handle all types of Virginia personal injury cases, including truck wrecks, auto accidents, pedestrian accidents, and motorcycle collisions. Our dedicated team of Virginia injury lawyers understands the complex laws that apply to these serious cases, and has extensive experience dealing with difficult insurance companies. To learn more about how we can help you recover for your injuries, call 703-542-4008 to schedule a free consultation today. Calling is free, and there is no obligation to pursue your claim.