Virginia Fatal Accident Study:

Virginia’s Deadliest Roads and Fatal Accident Statistics

MoneyGeek investigated 2,348 fatal crashes in Virginia between 2018 and 2020 to determine the state's deadliest roads and the factors associated with these accidents.

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Last Updated: 9/24/2022
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To find Virginia's most dangerous roadways, MoneyGeek analyzed the 2,348 fatal crashes that occurred from 2018 to 2020 using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Our study focused on 952 roadways out of Virginia's 164,132 miles of road.

We also explored the factors involved in fatal accidents in Virginia, such as drunk driving, speeding, distracted driving and time of year. Additionally, MoneyGeek collected data on the most dangerous roads in each county.

Key Findings

  • I-64 from Exit 261A to Exit 264 is the deadliest stretch of road in Virginia. Between 2018–2020, 11 fatal accidents occurred here.
  • Drunk driving was the most common factor involved in fatal accidents, followed by speeding. Drunk driving or speeding was involved in 30.8% and 28.3% of these crashes, respectively.
  • Distracted driving was involved in 13.8% of accidents. Virginia ranked as the 11th worst state in the U.S. for distracted driving fatalities, according to MoneyGeek’s distracted driving study.
  • October had the most fatal accidents between 2018–2020. October had 238 accidents throughout the three-year period, followed by September (228) and June (207).
  • Fairfax County had the highest number of deadly crashes of any county.

10 Deadliest Road Stretches in Virginia


  • DEADLIEST ROAD IN VIRGINIA
    I-64 from Exit 258B to Exit 264
    Hampton
    I-64 from Exit 258B to Exit 264
    • Fatal Accidents:11
    • fatalities:11
    • Crashes Per Mile:3.3
    • distance:3.3 miles
  • Hull St. Rd. from Wayside Dr. to Evans St.
    Richmond
    Hull St. Rd. from Wayside Dr. to Evans St.
    • Fatal Accidents:9
    • fatalities:9
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.9
    • distance:4.9 miles
  • Hampton Roads Beltway from Exit 281 to Exit 274
    Norfolk
    Hampton Roads Beltway from Exit 281 to Exit 274
    • Fatal Accidents:8
    • fatalities:8
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.6
    • distance:5.0 miles
  • I-295 from Exit 41A to Exit 34B
    Hanover County
    I-295 from Exit 41A to Exit 34B
    • Fatal Accidents:8
    • fatalities:8
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.8
    • distance:4.5 miles
  • US-13 from Indian River Rd. to Baker Rd.
    Virginia Beach | Norfolk
    US-13 from Indian River Rd. to Baker Rd.
    • Fatal Accidents:7
    • fatalities:8
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.4
    • distance:4.9 miles
  • I-95 from Exit 160A to 166A
    Prince William County | Fairfax County
    I-95 from Exit 160A to 166A
    • Fatal Accidents:7
    • fatalities:7
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.6
    • distance:4.5 miles
  • Mechanicsville Turnpike from Colter Dr. to Old Hickory Dr.
    Hanover County | Henrico County
    Mechanicsville Turnpike from Colter Dr. to Old Hickory Dr.
    • Fatal Accidents:7
    • fatalities:7
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.5
    • distance:4.6 miles
  • US-1 from Haden Ave. to Bellwood Rd.
    Richmond
    US-1 from Haden Ave. to Bellwood Rd.
    • Fatal Accidents:7
    • fatalities:7
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.5
    • distance:4.6 miles
  • I-95 from Exit 92A to Old Ridge Rd.
    Hanover County
    I-95 from Exit 92A to Old Ridge Rd.
    • Fatal Accidents:6
    • fatalities:7
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.4
    • distance:4.4 miles
  • Brock Rd. from Catharpin Rd. to Orange Plank Rd.
    Spotsylvania County
    Brock Rd. from Catharpin Rd. to Orange Plank Rd.
    • Fatal Accidents:6
    • fatalities:7
    • Crashes Per Mile:1.3
    • distance:4.6 miles

Drunk Driving Involved in 30.8% of Fatal Accidents

Of Virginia's 2,348 fatal car accidents between 2018 and 2020, 724 involved drunk driving. This contributes the most to driving-related fatalities in the state, outnumbering distracted driving, excessive speed and weather-related situations. This figure highlights how risky drunk driving may be.

It may not seem like it, but a small amount of alcohol can place you and others in danger. For instance, even a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.02% can produce noticeable intoxication. In Virginia, a BAC of 0.08%is unlawful intoxication for driving.

While it may not always result in an accident, the consequences of drunk driving are severe. Penalties can include revocation of driving privileges, suspension of licenses and even imprisonment. Getting affordable car insurance in Virginia will be much more difficult if you are convicted of DUI. This is because Virginia requires SR-22 insurance, which will significantly increase the cost of your policy.

Speeding Is a Factor in 28.3% of Fatal Crashes

There were 664 speeding-related fatalities in Virginia from 2018 to 2020. Speeding was the second most common factor involved in fatal crashes in the state, present in 28.3% of all accidents.

Speeding endangers both yourself and others. If you're driving too fast, you may not be able to stop as soon as you need to; this can quickly result in accidents, damage and severe injury to yourself or others.

Distracted Driving Contributed to 13.8% of Fatal Accidents

Distracted driving is the third most common factor in fatal car accidents in Virginia. Between 2018 and 2020, 324 fatalities were linked to distraction-related accidents in Virginia or 13.8% of all fatal collisions in the state.

According to MoneyGeek's ranking of the worst states for distracted driving, Virginia ranked as the 11th worst state for distracted driving fatalities in the U.S.

October Had More Fatal Accidents Than Any Other Month

Between 2018 and 2020, more fatal accidents took place in October than in any other month. Two hundred thirty-eight accidents occurred in October, accounting for 10.1% of all deadly crashes over the three years analyzed.

September ranks as the second deadliest month, accounting for 9.7% of accidents or 228 total fatal crashes. Ranking third is June, with 207 (8.8%) fatal accidents.

Average Fatal Accidents by Month
Month
Fatal Accidents
Drunk Driving Related
Distracted Driving Related
Winter Conditions
Speeding Related
% of Total

January

185

53

24

6

44

7.9%

February

170

54

26

4

51

7.2%

March

175

60

23

3

62

7.5%

April

168

51

24

1

50

7.2%

May

183

62

22

0

55

7.8%

June

207

59

28

0

58

8.8%

July

203

61

24

0

58

8.6%

August

200

70

33

0

61

8.5%

September

228

78

28

0

61

9.7%

October

238

57

33

0

57

10.1%

November

190

65

36

1

54

8.1%

December

201

54

23

5

53

8.6%

Driving Safely Protects You, Others and Your Wallet

Driving safely is essential for your own safety and that of other drivers. Not only does this ensure your well-being, but it might also help you save money in the long term. There are times, however, when accidents cannot be avoided. Therefore, we recommend purchasing more insurance than the minimum liability limits in Virginia. With a full coverage auto insurance policy, you and your family can be better protected financially in the event of an accident.

Getting adequate car insurance coverage need not be expensive — Virginia's average cost of auto insurance is $790 per year. However, the actual cost may differ depending on where you live in the state. For example, the average annual cost of auto insurance in Alexandria is $843. On the other hand, car insurance in Newport News costs an average of $739 per year — $104 less than it does in Alexandria. In contrast, Virginia Beach’s auto insurance costs an average of $777 annually; Virginia Beach is the state's most populous city.

Note that while MoneyGeek collected premiums from all over the state of Virginia, these are only averages. Your auto insurance costs vary depending on certain criteria, like your age, driving record, location and more. To find the most affordable auto insurance provider for you, consider comparing quotes from multiple providers.

Fatal Accidents and Most Dangerous Roads: County Breakdown

The five counties with the highest number of fatal accidents in Virginia recorded a total of 433 fatal accidents. Statewide, they account for 18% of all fatal crashes. The most deadly accidents occurred in Fairfax, where 134 accidents occurred. A total of ten of these crashes in Fairfax occurred on US-1 and primarily involved speeding or drunk driving.

Fatal Accidents and Contributing Factors By County
County
Fatal Accidents
Drunk Driving Related
Distracted Driving Related
Speeding Related
Most Deadly Road (Fatal Accidents)

Fairfax

134

38

22

43

US-1 (10)

Henrico

79

21

11

16

I-295 (7)

Chesterfield

79

21

11

19

US-360 (12)

Virginia Beach

77

24

13

30

I-264 (8)

Richmond

64

18

7

23

US-360 (12)

Norfolk

63

19

10

22

I-64 (9)

Newport News

55

24

6

16

I-64 (8)

Prince William

54

16

15

21

Cr-76 (5)

Pittsylvania

50

20

1

15

US-29 (12)

Hanover

49

16

4

9

I-95 (10)

Roanoke

47

11

7

18

I-81 (8)

Chesapeake

47

18

7

10

US-58 (4)

Spotsylvania

46

8

5

16

I-95 (7)

Hampton

43

15

12

15

I-64 (12)

Albemarle

39

8

8

7

I-64 (8)

Fauquier

38

10

5

13

US-29 (5)

Bedford

38

11

9

8

US-460 (9)

Augusta

38

12

2

6

I-81 (8)

Rockingham

36

14

4

13

US-340 (4)

Loudoun

35

16

5

10

Cr-53 (3)

Frederick

33

15

6

13

US-50 (9)

Henry

31

9

1

14

US-58 (4)

Franklin

30

10

2

4

US-220 (12)

Montgomery

29

8

6

5

I-81 (5)

Campbell

28

6

2

4

US-29 (9)

Culpeper

28

10

1

5

US-15 (6)

Louisa

25

9

3

7

US-33 (4)

Stafford

25

7

5

8

US-1 (5)

Orange

24

6

3

5

US-522 (4)

Washington

24

11

1

7

I-81 (5)

Suffolk

23

11

4

4

US-58 (9)

Dinwiddie

23

9

5

7

I-85 (7)

Mecklenburg

22

5

3

7

I-85 (3)

Sussex

22

3

1

3

I-95 (7)

Caroline

22

8

1

6

I-95 (7)

Tazewell

21

10

6

7

US-460 (4)

Halifax

20

9

2

7

US-360 (4)

York

20

8

2

7

US-17 (4)

Portsmouth

19

6

5

6

I-264 (5)

Russell

19

1

0

8

US-19 (7)

Shenandoah

19

5

2

5

I-81 (5)

Wise

19

2

0

4

US-23 (7)

Rockbridge

18

4

3

5

I-81 (4)

Lynchburg

18

5

1

4

US-501 (3)

Isle Of Wight

18

4

0

4

US-460 (4)

Prince George

17

8

7

5

I-95 (5)

Pulaski

17

4

3

3

US-11 (5)

Nottoway

16

6

5

3

US-460 (5)

Nelson

16

6

1

6

US-29 (4)

Smyth

16

4

0

5

I-81 (5)

Botetourt

16

4

3

4

I-81 (7)

Scott

15

3

3

3

US-23 (8)

Southampton

15

5

4

2

US-58 (5)

Wythe

15

3

1

1

I-81 (6)

Accomack

15

6

1

3

US-13 (8)

Clarke

14

4

0

3

US-340 (4)

Alexandria

14

4

2

4

Van Dorn St (1)

Danville

14

4

3

3

US-29 (5)

Brunswick

14

6

1

7

US-58 (3)

Prince Edward

13

5

1

4

US-15 (4)

Carroll

13

3

0

3

US-58 (2)

Buckingham

13

5

3

3

US-15 (4)

Goochland

13

3

1

2

I-64 (6)

Arlington

13

4

5

4

SR-44 Columbia Pike (1)

Amherst

13

3

3

0

US-29 (7)

New Kent

13

4

2

3

I-64 (6)

Gloucester

12

3

0

4

US-17 (6)

Petersburg

12

4

1

8

US-301 (3)

Page

12

3

3

5

US-340 (7)

Powhatan

12

7

0

4

Cr-711 (4)

Warren

11

1

1

0

I-66 (6)

Northampton

11

4

1

1

US-13 (8)

Buchanan

10

1

2

3

Cr-620 (2)

King George

10

1

2

5

SR-3 Kings Hwy (2)

Amelia

10

6

0

2

US-360 (3)

Westmoreland

10

4

0

4

Cr-604 (2)

Charlotte

9

4

0

4

US-15 (5)

Northumberland

9

3

0

3

Cr-624 (2)

King William

9

3

1

2

US-360 (2)

Lee

9

2

0

2

US-58 (5)

Middlesex

9

2

1

3

US-17 (4)

Greensville

9

3

1

4

US-301 (2)

James City

9

2

0

1

I-64 (2)

Fluvanna

9

3

0

3

US-250 (3)

Madison

8

1

1

2

SR-231/Orange Rd (1)

Giles

8

1

1

1

US-460 (4)

Charles City

8

4

3

4

SR-5/John Tyler Memorial Hwy (1)

Charlottesville

8

1

5

4

US-29 (3)

Appomattox

8

2

0

3

US-460 (2)

Patrick

8

4

1

2

US-58 (2)

Dickenson

7

3

1

4

Cr-631 (2)

Greene

7

1

1

1

US-29 (2)

King And Queen

7

1

2

2

Cr-619 (2)

Grayson

6

4

0

2

US-21 (1)

Lunenburg

6

2

0

1

Cr-637 (2)

Manassas

6

3

1

1

Ashton Ave (1)

Harrisonburg

6

1

1

1

I-81 (4)

Surry

5

0

1

1

SR-617 White Marsh Rd (1)

Bland

5

0

0

0

I-77 (4)

Floyd

5

3

0

2

US-221 (2)

Cumberland

5

2

1

2

SR-45 (2)

Fredericksburg

5

1

2

1

I-95 (2)

Martinsville

4

1

2

2

US-220 (1)

Essex

4

0

0

0

US-17 (2)

Rappahannock

4

1

1

1

US-522 (2)

Bristol

4

1

1

1

I-81 (2)

Lancaster

4

4

1

3

Cr-622 (1)

Alleghany

3

1

0

0

I-64 (2)

Williamsburg

3

1

3

1

US-460 (1)

Mathews

3

0

0

0

SR-223/Crickett Mill Rd (1)

Salem

3

1

0

1

US-460 (1)

Bath

3

1

1

2

US-220 (2)

Poquoson

2

1

0

0

Yorktown Rd (2)

Craig

2

1

0

0

SR-311 (1)

Waynesboro

2

0

0

1

US-250 (1)

Emporia

2

1

1

1

US-58 (1)

Radford

2

1

0

0

US-11 (1)

Highland

2

1

0

0

US-220 (1)

Staunton

1

1

1

1

US-434 (1)

Galax

1

1

0

0

Chestnut Drive (1)

Covington

1

0

1

0

US-220 (1)

Winchester

1

0

0

1

East Jubal Early Drive (1)

Colonial Heights

1

1

0

0

US-1 (1)

Methodology

MoneyGeek analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) database using fatality data from 2018, 2019 and 2020. Currently, 2020 is the latest data available in the system.

About the Author


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Doug Milnes is the head of marketing and communications at MoneyGeek. He has spent more than a decade in corporate finance performing valuations for Duff and Phelps and financial planning and analysis for various companies including OpenTable. He holds a master’s degree in Predictive Analytics (Data Science) from Northwestern University and is a CFA charter holder. Doug geeks out on building financial and predictive models and using data to make informed decisions.


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