Data published by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles shows that more than 960 people died on the state’s roadways in 2021. The total was 15% higher than the previous year. The rate of motor vehicle deaths has increased each year since 2017. On average, over 160 people per day were injured by car crashes in Virginia in 2021. According to the CDC, car crashes are now the leading cause of death for ages 5 to 19.
Car accidents in Virginia
Nearly 100 people between the ages of 15 and 19 were killed from crashes in Virginia in 2021. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that distracted driving is a factor in 80% of all crashes and 65% of all near-crashes. Pedestrians were also at greater risk, accounting for 130 deaths and over 1,650 injuries in 2021. There were 16 cyclists killed and over 615 injured on Virginia’s roadways that same year.
Types of crashes in Virginia
DMV data shows that occupants are eight times more likely to die without s seatbelt on. The number of unrestrained crashes, injuries and deaths increases every year. The same is true for speed-related car crashes. More than 65,000 people in Virginia suffered injuries from crashes in 2021. There were over 118,000 crashes in Virginia in 2021. Over 6,700 of these crashes involved impaired driving, resulting in nearly 250 deaths and over 4,200 injuries.
Virginia totaled over 24,000 speed-related crashes during 2021, resulting in 445 deaths and nearly 13,000 injuries. The Virginia counties with the highest number of crashes include Arlington, Augusta, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Loudoun, Henrico and Prince William County. Richmond, Virginia Beach, Newport News and Norfolk are the cities with the most crashes in the state.