The consequences of motor vehicle accidents can be life-altering, including severe injuries, fatalities, and extensive financial burdens. Because of this, the Virginia Department of Transportation has implemented several programs intended to reduce injuries and fatalities from car accidents. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles also has the authority to implement highway safety plans and other road safety programs.
Different factors contribute to car accidents, including the driver’s experience level or age, distraction, intoxication, responsiveness to weather conditions, or high-risk behavior such as speeding. In Virginia, the population steadily increased from 2011 to 2015 ─ thus, more drivers are on the road, and the likelihood of an accident taking place has increased.
The Virginia Department of Transportation notes that the number of deaths and severe injuries from highway accidents has decreased overall during the past decade. However, this paints only part of the picture.
In recent years, the number of fatalities in Virginia car accidents has either remained steady or increased, depending on the sub-group being analyzed. According to data published in 2017, the number of overall fatalities, injuries, and crashes all increased from the previous year. In addition, data presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that the total number of traffic fatalities in Virginia increased each year from 2014 to 2016.
The top three counties with the highest total number of deaths in 2016 were:
During these recent years, the number of fatalities specifically from speeding increased relatively significantly, with over a hundred more speeding fatalities occurring in 2016 than the year before.
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