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What Are the Leading Causes of Crashes In Virginia?

Millions of crashes occur each year, many of which involve negligent actions. Despite knowing the dangers of specific actions, people still put others in danger. Below, we detail some of the main causes of crashes in Virginia and how they cause significant harm.


Despite speed limits posted on every road, many drivers ignore them and drive much faster than they should. Speeding is one of the leading causes of crashes throughout the nation. Drivers may lose control of speeding vehicles. Drivers may be unable to stop their vehicles, leading to rear-end collisons and even multiple car collisions.

Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving can include the following:

  • Swerving between traffic
  • Honking
  • Tailgating or driving too closely
  • Cutting off other drivers
  • Brake checking

Aggressive driving can cause others to speed or drive aggressively. When someone is driving aggressively, it can also cause distractions.


When most people think of distracted driving, they think of texting and driving. However, distractions come in many forms, including:

  • Speaking to passengers
  • Listening to loud music
  • Reaching for the radio or items in the back seat
  • Staring at something on the side of the road
  • Taking a hand off the steering wheel to eat or drink

Drunk Driving

Alcohol is involved in a significant number of crashes, especially those resulting in fatal injuries. Even those with a low blood alcohol concentration level can experience impairments that make them dangerous on the road. A drunk driver often experiences vision and cognitive impairment, reduced reaction times, and other problems resulting in the most dangerous crashes.

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