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Old 05-14-2015, 12:05 PM
 
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Hello,

I am from Michigan and looking to move to Virginia, particularly around the Charlottesville or Roanoke. I have been live streaming the news, as well as checking the newspapers and Facebook - and it seems that almost every day there is a fatal car accident in those areas. Are car accidents really that common around there, or am I hearing about the same ones over and over? We live in very flat land, so I was wondering if it had anything to do with the mountains? Thanks!
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Roanoke VA
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I can't speak for Charlottesville, but for Roanoke the area has special concerns. First of all, I 81 around Roanoke
Blacksburg has many steep grades as the highway goes over a mountain. The stretch of I 81 has many curves
and for motorists passing through as well as truckers no: one these days drive with courtesy and speeding
limits are not enforced systematically. The volume of trucks, cars is overwhelming on this 1960 Era road and
with no money from the state to add lanes, good luck folks. Southwest VA legislators have no voice in the
Richmond statehouse so we can see where we're heading. Within Roqnoke there is work being done on 2
interchanges currently which are causing fatal accidents from speeders mainly on this outdated freewy.There is talk of
a new interstate but it's all a little too late.
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Old 05-18-2015, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Almost every day sounds about right. In the U.S. there is a fatal car accident every 16 minutes, or more than 33,000 in a year. Assuming Virginia is "average" there should be almost 3 fatal crashes in VA every day. And then taking into account the population of those media markets as a share of VA's population, one fatal crash every other day sounds about right.
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Old 05-18-2015, 09:58 PM
 
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In regards to Charlottesville, it depends where in the area you live and your commute. I don't recall an auto fatality within the city limits in probably 2 decades. On the other hand, a large majority of travel to and from the city limits usually involves some time on a high speed, curvy, narrow 2 lane country road. Combine that with tired, texting, drunk, and/or drivers thinking they are part of the Formula 1 circuit, deaths will be a result.
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Old 05-19-2015, 05:40 AM
 
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Ok thanks I was just wondering. Being 30 minutes from Detroit - our news consists of murder, carjacking and rape (sorry to say). We hardly ever hear about fatal car accidents here. In contrast, I hardly hear about those things in Virginia (one of my main reasons to move), but the majority seems to be of car accidents. Thank you for the insight!!
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Richmond
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Any fatality in central Virginia has a higher media exposure than most of the rest of the country. If you look at the statistics you can get a better picture over time. Fatalities get better ratings so they will always be the headline or lead.
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Old 05-22-2015, 03:30 AM
 
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Thanks for the insight gregir! Why would fatalities in Virginia has a higher media exposure than anywhere else? Thanks
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