New Study Reveals the Most Dangerous Areas for Pedestrians in Virginia
The Virginia Beach personal injury law firm of Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp wanted to gain a better understanding of where pedestrians were at the highest risk of injuries by motorists with the goal of informing the public and, hopefully, reducing the frequency of such pedestrian accidents.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., September 13, 2022 (Newswire.com) - The safety of pedestrians is a growing concern in the Commonwealth of Virginia due to troubling trends in the frequency and regularity of accidents involving motorists injuring people crossing the street or simply traversing a sidewalk. For example, between 2015 and 2022, more than 11,000 pedestrians were struck and injured by drivers in Virginia. This resulted in more than 10,000 personal injuries and nearly 900 lives lost.
The Virginia Beach personal injury law firm of Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp wanted to gain a better understanding of where pedestrians were at the highest risk of injuries by motorists with the goal of informing the public and, hopefully, reducing the frequency of such pedestrian accidents. The law firm invested time and resources into thoroughly examining seven years worth of Virginia pedestrian accident data. The law firm then partnered with a data visualization firm, 1Point21 Interactive, to create an interactive Virginia map which highlights each area in Virginia where pedestrians are most frequently injured by motorists. Take a moment to view an interactive map illustrating the areas that present the highest risk of injury to pedestrians in Virginia.
The Most Dangerous Areas in Virginia for Pedestrians
Based on the in-depth analysis conducted, a large majority of the top 20 most dangerous areas for pedestrians appear to be in proverbial "hot spots" in Northern Virginia's Arlington County and in the Richmond area, the capital of Virginia. Specifically, there are eight areas within Arlington County that feature a disturbingly-high percentage of pedestrian accidents while six areas can be found in and around downtown Richmond. And, one of the top 20 dangerous pedestrian zones is an area of Pacific Avenue in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The interactive map allows pinpoint accuracy on the number of pedestrian injuries or deaths at each danger zone in the last seven years.
About Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp
Since 1985, the personal injury lawyers with Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp have dedicated their practice to helping people seriously harmed in preventable accidents. The firm focuses exclusively on plaintiff's personal injury law, including representing pedestrians who were hit and injured by motorists. The firm is rated as one of the "Best Law Firms in America" by U.S. News & World Report and the attorneys with the firm are recognized as Virginia "Super Lawyers" by Thomson Reuters.
Source: Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp