Most Dangerous Roads In Rockingham County
As of August 10, 2020, there have been a total of 488 car crashes in Rockingham County so far in 2020 with 8 fatalities. Of those crashes, 137 involved injuries or fatalities. It appears that COVID-19 may have played a part in helping to reduce the number of crashes, since in past years the numbers by early August have been much higher. However, for 2020 the rate of crashes causing injury is approximately 28%. This number is substantially higher than in previous years. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, a few of the most dangerous roads in Rockingham County in 2020 have included:
Most Dangerous Roads — 2020 Crashes
Spotswood Trail — 20 crashes involving injuries, 2 fatalities
Interstate 81 – 16 crashes involving injuries, 1 fatality
Brocks Gap Road — 7 injuries, 1 fatality
Rawley Pike — 6 injuries
Port Republic Road — 5 injuries
East Side Highway – 5 injuries
Additionally, Mayland Road, Orchard Drive, Peake Mountain Road, and River Road each have had 1 fatal accident.
In 2019, there were a total of 1,088 crashes with 14 fatalities. Those crashes were reported in the following areas:
Spotswood Trail — 43 injuries, 1 fatality
Interstate 81 — 33 injuries, 3 fatalities
Port Republic Road — 16 injuries, 1 fatality
Rawley Pike — 16 injuries
Valley Pike — 13 injuries, 1 fatality
Mayland Road — 11 injuries
Additional fatalities in 2019 occurred along Briery Branch Road, Brocks Gap Road, East Side Highway, Fox Mountain Road, Hinton Road, and Spring Creek Road.
In 2018, the popular roads for crashes resulting in injury included the usual players along with one or two other additions:
Interstate 81 — 42 injuries
Spotswood Trail — 37 injuries
Rawley Pike — 17 Injuries
Eastside Highway — 15 injuries
Valley Pike — 14 injuries
Mayland Road — 10 injuries
Brocks Gap Road — 9 injuries
Stone Spring Road, Harpine Highway, and East Point Road — each with 7 injuries
Additionally, there were 8 fatalities, two of which occurred on East Side Highway.
In 2017, there were a total of 1,150 car crashes in Rockingham County. Of those 1150 crashes, there were many wrecks which caused injuries and ten fatalities. A few of the most dangerous roads in Rockingham County in 2017 included:
Interstate 81 — 47 crashes involving injuries
Spotswood Trail — 42 crashes involving injuries
East Point Road — 16 injuries
Valley Pike — 16 injuries
Rawley Pike — 14 injuries
Mayland Road — 11 injuries
Additionally, in 2017, John Wayland Highway and Port Republic Road each had 8 crashes involving injuries.
Several of the fatal car crashes also occurred along some of the most dangerous stretches of road in Rockingham County, with those wrecks occurring on Brocks Gap Road, Spring Creek Road, Harpine Highway, Rawley Pike, War Branch Road, Rinaca’s Corner, and Interstate 81.
Apart from the reported injuries, there were numerous crashes involving property damage in 2017 with Brocks Gap Road, Cross Keys Road, East Side Highway, Interstate 81, and Spotswood Trail appearing to have some of the highest occurrences.
The Biggest Losers?
From 2017- August 2020, the roads in Rockingham County with the most crashes involving injury were Interstate 81 (not surprising), Spotswood Trail, Rawley Pike, Brocks Gap Road, and Valley Pike.
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.