Most Dangerous Roads In Albemarle County

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The United States road safety agency recently reported that, in 2018, traffic deaths fell by a small amount for the second straight year.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributed the 2.4% decrease partially to technology in newer vehicles to help prevent crashes.  In 2018, a total of 36,560 people died on the nation’s roadways and, in the first half of 2019, that figure is even lower.  But what are the statistics for our local counties?  What are the most dangerous roads in Albemarle County?

Most Dangerous Roads — 2017 Crashes

In 2017, there were a total of 2,109 car crashes in Albemarle County.  Of those 2,109 crashes, there were many wrecks which caused injuries as well as 10 fatalities.  According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, a few of the most dangerous roads in Albemarle County in 2017 included:

Interstate 64 — 76 crashes involving injuries with 1 fatality

Seminole Trail — 76 crashes involving injuries

Monacan Trail — 33 injuries

Scottsville Road — 29 injuries with 2 fatalities

Richmond Road — 24 injuries

Stony Point Road — 22 injuries

Rio Road — 19 injuries

Earlysville Road, Rockfish Gap Turnpike, and U.S. Route 29 — 13 injuries each

Thomas Jefferson Parkway — 12 injuries with 1 fatality

Several of the fatal car crashes also occurred along some of the most dangerous stretches of road in Albemarle County, with those wrecks occurring on Garth Road (2 fatalities), Irish Road, Plank Road, Gordonsville Road, Interstate 64, Proffit Road, Scottsville Road (2 fatalities), and Thomas Jefferson Parkway.

Apart from the reported injuries, there were numerous crashes involving property damage in 2017 with Interstate 64, Monacan Trail Road, Richmond Road, Scottsville Road, and Seminole Trail appearing to have some of the highest occurrences.

2018 Crashes

In 2018, the roads that saw the most crashes resulting in injury included the usual players along with one or two other additions.  In all there were 2,164 crashes in 2018 with 10 fatalities:

Seminole Trail — 109 injuries

Interstate 64 — 77 injuries with 2 fatalities

Richmond Road — 62 injuries

Rio Road — 34 injuries with 1 fatality

Scottsville Road — 34 injuries with 3 fatalities

Stony Point Road — 30 injuries

Monacan Trail — 29 injuries with 1 fatality

U.S. Route 29 — 22 injuries with 1 fatality

Ivy Road — 20 injuries

Rockfish Turnpike — 19 injuries

Earlysville Road — 18 injuries

Additionally, there were 10 fatalities, which occurred on U.S. Route 29, Monacan Trail, Scottsville Road, Rio Road, Interstate 64, Lanetown Road,

2019 Crashes

So far, through mid-September 2019, there have been 1,472 total crashes with 9 fatalities.  These crashes have been reported in the following areas:

Seminole Trail — 68 injuries

Interstate 64 — 53 injuries with 3 fatalities

Richmond Road — 41 injuries

Rockfish Gap Turnpike — 26 injuries

Scottsville Road — 24 injuries with 2 fatalities

Ivy Road — 23 injuries

Rio Road — 24 injuries

Stony Point Road — 16 injuries

Monacan Road — 19 injuries

Lynchburg Road — 13 injuries with 1 fatality

Additionally, Earlysville Road and Hydraulic Road had 11 injuries each.

Fatalities in 2019 have occurred along Interstate 64, Old Lynchburg Road, Owensville Road, Paddock Wood Road, Scottsville Road, and Thomas Jefferson Parkway.

The Biggest Losers?

For the years 2017-2019, the roads in Albemarle County with the most crashes involving injury were Interstate 64 (not surprising), Seminole Trail, Richmond Road, and Scottsville Road.

How Long Can I Wait to Call a Lawyer?

When you’re injured in an auto accident in Virginia, you must be aware of the statute of limitations which applies in your particular case. The statute of limitations refers to the time you have following an accident to file a lawsuit.  In Virginia, this time limit depends upon the circumstances of your accident and injury.  The time limitation starts to run on the date of the accident.  Filing a claim with an insurance company does not extend or delay the time.

The longer you wait to contact an attorney, the greater the risk that the statute of limitations time limit will expire. If it does, you may lose your right to sue the at-fault party and recover compensation for your injuries. If you’ve been seriously injured and someone else is at fault, you should contact a personal injury attorney at the earliest possible time.  Contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer early in your case will help prevent deadlines from expiring and will allow your case to be properly prepared.

To be able to determine whether you have a case, your lawyer needs to thoroughly investigate the details about your accident and injuries. Investigating the accident and collecting information is much easier if it occurs quickly after the accident has happened. A time delay can result in many problems like lost evidence and witnesses who can’t be found.

When you hire a lawyer to handle your car accident claim, he or she will first negotiate with the insurance company to try to settle your claim. If settlement negotiations break down, your attorney will prepare to file a lawsuit and prepare your case for trial. For this reason, it is especially important that you get an experienced lawyer to help with your case, such as one certified through the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Talk with a Virginia Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one suffered significant injuries in a car accident in Virginia, Ritchie Law Firm is here to help.  The experienced, certified attorneys at the Ritchie Law Firm has helped thousands of injured victims and their families recover the compensation they deserve after an accident. Contact us by phone at 800-277-6124 or by using our online contact form.

Ritchie Law Firm is a personal injury law firm devoted to helping individuals who have suffered serious and catastrophic injuries or lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence. Ritchie Law Firm serves all of Virginia, while helping clients in cities and surrounding areas of Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Staunton, and Winchester also serves clients in West Virginia, including Martinsburg, WV.