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Virginia Commercial Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics

While most car crashes happen between “normal” or personal motor vehicles it’s important to be aware of the prevalence of commercial motor vehicle accidents in Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’s statistics on commercial vehicle crashes lists ninety victims of such accidents in 2012, or over ten percent of all traffic fatalities for that year. Ninety victims may not seem large in the grand scheme of traffic accidents, but ten percent is a significantly large statistic.

Ninety-eight percent of these crashes are identified as involving a driver who was “not impaired—“ i.e. one who was not intoxicated. A plurality of the crashes—a little over forty-eight percent—are listed as occurring with “no violation;” that is to say, the drivers did not violate any traffic laws to cause the accident. These numbers suggest that the problem with commercial motor vehicle crashes isn’t an epidemic of drunk drivers, or ones who flagrantly violate the law—it’s a more general problem of drivers not ensuring that they are operating their vehicles safely and with concern for other drivers on the road.

We all expect to be safe and free from harm while driving; nobody starts up their car believing that they’re going to be in an accident while they’re on the road. Nevertheless, accidents do happen due to any number of reasons, most often the negligence and error of the at-fault driver.

If you’ve been injured by a commercial motor vehicle operator, you deserve compensation—nobody should have to pay for the injuries they’ve sustained because someone else should have been driving more carefully. My personal injury law firm, based in Virginia, has handled countless cases of drivers injured by other motorists; my lawyers and I know the laws, we know the tricks insurance companies use to deny your claim, and we know how to fight for you to ensure that you receive the redress to which you are legally and morally entitled.