In 2009, there were 116,744 reported car accidents in the Commonwealth of Virginia. According to the 2009 Virginia Traffic Crash Facts recently released by the Department of Motor Vehicles Virginia Highway Safety Office, 62,976 people were injured and 756 people were killed in Virginia crashes during 2009.*
Where Virginia Accidents Happen
The possibility for a serious or fatal accident exists on every road in every city and county in Virginia. Northern Virginia car crashes are common because so much of the Commonwealth’s population is located in the northern part of the state. For example, in 2009 there were more than 14,000 accidents in Fairfax County alone.
Why Virginia Crashes Happen
Two of the major reasons for Virginia accidents come as no surprise. As in years past, speeding and drunk driving were common reasons for serious wrecks. In 2009, drunk driving was found to be the cause of accidents that killed 316 people and injured 6,256 people. Speeding drivers were the cause of 302 deaths and 15,067 injuries.
A third reason for Virginia wrecks is distracted driving. Distracted driving, including texting while driving, is a common reason for serious Virginia accidents and accounted for at least 3,834 accidents in 2009.
What to Do if You’ve Been Hurt in a Virginia Accident
If you’ve been physically injured or lost a loved one in a Virginia car accident then you may be entitled to damages if the crash was caused by someone else’s negligence. The Northern Virginia car accident lawyers of Shevlin Smith are committed to helping those who have been hurt or who have lost loved ones in crashes. We understand the physical and emotional pain that you are suffering and we want to help you recover the damages to which you are entitled.
Contact us today at (703) 721-4233 for a free consultation.
*Source: Department of Motor Vehicles Virginia Highway Safety Office, 2009 Virginia Traffic Crash Facts