Hampton Roads Accident Statistics

Injured? Hampton Roads accident lawyers are prepared to help

The auto accident rate in Hampton Roads* has decreased in recent years along with statewide results. But no accidents that cause serious injury or death are acceptable.

Some car accidents are unavoidable. Weather, wildlife, equipment malfunction, and road conditions can make driving treacherous and may lead to collisions. Often these conditions can be the basis of a lawsuit and may be followed up with an attorney. When a reckless or negligent driver is to blame, however, seeking the help of the experienced lawyers at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban P.C. is a must to ensure you receive the maximum possible compensation.

Hampton Roads leads Virginia in improved driving safety

Car, truck and motorcycle accidents in Hampton Roads have decreased 30 percent — more than any other state metropolitan area — over the past six years, according to facts included in the Hampton Roads Regional Safety Study.

  • 63 traffic accidents a day
  • 1 accident every 23 minutes
  • 33,108 accidents in 2004
  • 23,142 accidents in 2010 (the latest year for which statistics are available)
  • Travel is down 3.5 percent since 2006 (returning servicemen may reverse this trend)
  • Across Virginia, the crash rate is down 24 percent
  • The national accident rate is down 14 percent
  • 121 drivers died in 2010
  • Almost half the number of fatal accidents in 2010 were caused by collisions with fixed objects
  • Portsmouth has seen an accident decrease of 78 percent since 2001
  • Tailgating causes more than a quarter of all driving accidents in Hampton Roads
  • In James City County, the accident rate has increased 36 percent since 2001

The overall decrease in traffic accidents in Hampton Roads can be attributed to several factors. First, fewer cars are on the road due to the Norfolk Lite Rail. Second, highways and roads are safer thanks to new guardrails and safer intersections. Third, advances in automotive safety equipment and overall vehicle technology made driving safer for everyone. A fourth factor may be the significant decrease in drunk driving. In 2010, only eight percent of injuries were caused in alcohol-related crashes.

According to the Hampton Roads Regional Safety Study, causes of accidents in the city are distracted driving, failure to yield, and failure to maintain vehicle control. The use of cell phones, GPS units, and other electronic devices are increasingly responsible for auto accident injuries.

Contact us today

At Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban P.C., we understand the pain, frustration, and stress an auto accident can add to your life. We are proud to offer clients personalized legal service. Our team of experienced attorneys works hard to help clients obtain fair settlements.

If you suffered a serious personal injury in North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia, don't try to fight for fair compensation on your own. Call toll free at (888) 351-1038 today or contact Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban P.C. online to schedule a free consultation.

* Also known as Tidewater, Hampton Roads in Virginia includes Isle of Wight County and Surry County on the Southside, James City County and York County on the Virginia Peninsula, and Gloucester County and Mathews County on the Middle Peninsula. Major cities include Norfolk and Virginia Beach, along with Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth and Chesapeake.