In newly released draft statistics submitted to the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, the region had the highest car crash rate among Virginia metro areas from 2006 to 2008. According to PilotOnline.com, a traffic accident occurs in the region every 19 minutes, and a fatal one every 2-1/2 days. But the good new is that accidents have been declining in the area since 2004, except that fatalities apparently are on the increase.
Hampton Roads ranks 17th among 26 similar-size U.S. metro areas in traffic fatality rates. There were 153 traffic deaths in 2008 in the region, a 19 percent increase since 2003, some 40 percent of which involved alcohol. And some two-thirds of motorists killed locally were not wearing seat belts.
The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization is the intergovernmental transportation planning body for 13 jurisdictions in Hampton Roads.
When it comes to harm suffered in collisions on Virginia roads, the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. stands ready to represent victims of serious personal injury. If you have been involved in a Virginia car accident, contact the firm for a no-obligation consultation, Toll Free 877-544-5323.