Deadly Suffolk Roads Make the City The Most Dangerous in Tidewater
Over the summer months, the cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Newport News make all of the wrong kinds of headlines for numerous serious and fatal wrecks. It’s, therefore, a surprise to learn the most dangerous city in Hampton Roads is rural Suffolk. According to figures from 2017, deadly Suffolk roads made the city the most hazardous in the region.
Suffolk had fewer fatal wrecks than Virginia Beach in 2017. However, the city’s death rate per 1,000 drivers is higher, according to Virginia Highway Safety’s Offices Virginia Traffic Crash Facts report.
Why Are Suffolk Highways the Most Dangerous in Hampton Roads?
Suffolk recorded a death rate of 0.29 per 1,000 in 2017. There were 18 deaths last year on its roads and 1,692 crashes. The city recorded 1,196 injuries.
There were far more crashes in Virginia beach – 6,741. However, the stats indicate wrecks were more likely to be deadly in Suffolk. In Virginia Beach, 25 people died in crashes last year and 3,416 people were injured. Virginia Beach’s death rate per 1,000 drivers was 0.08 last year.
The second most deadly city in Hampton Roads in terms of deaths per 1,000 drivers last year was Portsmouth. In 2017, 13 people died on the roads of Portsmouth. The death rate per 1,000 drivers was 0.22.
Norfolk recorded the second highest number of road fatalities in Hampton Roads in 2017. In all, 20 people lost their lives on the roads of Norfolk and 2,298 people suffered injuries in car, truck and motorcycle crashes. The city’s death rate per 1,000 drivers was 0.16.
Chesapeake has seen an upsurge in fatal crashes in recent years. Last year 19 people died in Chesapeake wrecks. The city recorded a highway death rate of 0.11.
The stats don’t reveal the reason for such deadly Suffolk roads. However, the 400,000 square-mile plus city has a massive network of poorly-lit rural roads where head-on collisions are more likely to occur. Notorious highways include Route. 460 (Pruden Boulevard) and Route 58.
Where are the Most Dangerous Highways in Virginia?
If you are driving in rural Sussex County, you are statistically more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than anywhere else in the state, according to the 2017 stats. With a death rate of 2.11 per 1,000 drivers and 13 deaths from just 271 crashes, Sussex County was considerably more dangerous than anywhere else in Virginia last year. The county saw a number of horrific crashes involving big rigs on Route 460.
Last December, three people died in a crash on Route 460, west of Walnut Hill Road in Sussex County. In 2017, 843 people died in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a rise of more than 10 percent on the previous year.
Which State Has the Most Fatal Traffic Crashes?
Although fatal crashes occur with an alarming regularity in Hampton Roads and elsewhere in Virginia, the state is not among the top 10 most deadly places for traffic crashes. In fact, a 2016 study by the financial news and opinion site 24/7 Wall St., found the state was the 40th most dangerous in the country with 9 deaths per 100,000 drivers.
The three states with the most dangerous highways are all in the south. Mississippi has the most fatal accidents, with a rate of 23.1 road deaths per 1,000 drivers followed by Alabama and South Carolina. It may be no coincidence that Mississippi is also the distracted driving capital of the United States.
More lives are lost on rural roads than urban highways, a factor revealed in a Virginia study in 2016. Virginia recorded 257 deaths on city roads and 462 on country roads that year. The study found South Carolina to be the auto crash death capital of the United States, although Puerto Rico recorded an even higher death rate.
What To Do After a Fatal Accident in Suffolk
If a loved one lost their life on deadly Suffolk roads, you should talk to a wrongful death attorney. In many cases, fatal accidents are caused by drunk or distracted drivers or by a driver error.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers fights many personal injury and wrongful death cases in Suffolk. We have a client meeting location in downtown Suffolk and can meet you at your home or at a hospital. Call us at (757) 455-0077.