Most Dangerous Roads In Frederick 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? Where do we need to drive with the most caution? What are the most dangerous roads in Frederick County?
Frederick Co. Most Dangerous Roads — 2017 Crashes
In 2017, there were a total of 1,278 car crashes in Frederick County. Of those 1,278 crashes, there were many wrecks that caused injuries, in addition to 18 fatalities. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, a few of the most dangerous roads in Frederick County in 2017 included:
Interstate 81 — 61 crashes involving injuries with 4 fatalities
Northwestern Pike — 39 crashes involving injuries with 5 fatalities
Frederick Pike — 76 crashes involving injuries
Berryville Pike — 22 crashes involving injuries
Front Royal Pike — 22 injuries with 1 fatality
Martinsburg Pike — 17 injuries
VA Route 37 — 17 injuries
Valley Pike — 16 injuries
Millwood Pike — 13 injuries
Fairfax Pike — 11 injuries
Several of the fatal car crashes also occurred along some of the most dangerous stretches of road in Frederick County, with those wrecks occurring on Bloomery Pike, Carpers Valley Road, Cedar Creek Exit Ramp, Front Royal Pike, Interstate 81 (4 fatalities), Northwestern Pike (5 fatalities), Tasker Road, Valley Pike, Wardensville Grade, Welltown Road, and Woods Mill Road.
Apart from the reported injuries, there were numerous crashes involving property damage in 2017 with Berryville Pike, Frederick Pike, Front Royal Pike, Interstate 81, and Northwestern Pike appearing to have some of the highest occurrences.
2018 Crashes — Frederick County
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 1,297 crashes in 2018 with 10 fatalities:
Interstate 81 — 63 injuries with 3 fatalities
Northwestern Pike — 28 injuries with 2 fatalities
Frederick Pike — 26 injuries
Martinsburg Pike — 23 injuries
Berryville Pike and VA Route 37 — 22 injuries each with 1 fatality each
Front Royal Pike — 18 injuries
Millwood Pike — 9 injuries
Back Mountain Road, Fairfax Pike, and Valley Pike — 8 injuries each
Additionally, there were 10 fatalities, which occurred on Berryville Pike, Frederick Pike, Interstate 81 (3 fatalities), Northwestern Pike (2 fatalities), Papermill Road, VA 37, and Wardensville Grade.
2019 Crashes — Frederick County
So far, through mid-September 2019, there have been 823 total crashes with 8 fatalities. These crashes have been reported in the following areas:
Interstate 81 — 37 injuries with 1 fatality
Martinsburg Pike — 22 injuries with 1 fatality
Northwestern Pike — 20 injuries
Berryville Pike — 20 injuries with 1 fatality
Frederick Pike — 13 injuries with 1 fatality
VA Route 37 — 12 injuries
Fairfax Pike — 10 injuries
Front Royal Pike — 8 injuries
Millwood Pike — 8 injuries with 1 fatality
Fatalities in 2019 have occurred along Interstate 81, Apple Pie Ridge Road, Berryville Pike, Bufflick Road, Frederick Pike, Martinsburg Pike, McGhee Road, Millwood Pike, and Minebank Road.
The Biggest Losers?
For the years 2017-2019, the roads in Frederick County with the most crashes involving injury were Interstate 81 (not surprising), Northwestern Pike, Frederick Pike, and Martinsburg Pike. Please use extra caution when traveling these roadways!
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.
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