Counties with the most motor vehicle accident fatalities in Virginia

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January 4, 2023
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Counties with the most motor vehicle accident fatalities in Virginia

Media outlets were quick during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent lockdowns that defined the summer and fall of 2020 to note just how little traffic there was as a result. Simple logic would suggest that less traffic equals a lower likelihood of accidents and thus fewer injuries and fatalities. Sadly, this was not the case.

Nationwide, traffic fatalities rose 7.2% in 2020 to nearly 39,000. That number was the highest recorded since 2007. Qualifying this disturbing fact is a sticky wicket—common denominators behind traffic deaths such as impaired driving, failure to use a seat belt, and excessive speed were certainly contributing factors, but they alone do not account for a rise in deaths commensurate with a 430-million-mile drop in the number of miles people traveled across the course of the year. What can be qualified, however, is where fatal crashes took place.

Citing data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Stacker identified the counties in Virginia that had the most fatalities from motor vehicle crashes in 2020. The number of accident fatalities are ranked by the number of deaths per 100,000 people, with the raw number functioning as a tiebreaker. The analysis only looked at counties with at least five deaths during 2020. Additional data is included on pedestrian, bicyclist, and drunk-driving-related deaths. In counties where at least five fatalities happened on the same street or interstate, the road with the most deaths is also included.

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#50. Roanoke County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 11.4 per 100K people (#1,291 nationally, 11 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
- Road with most fatalities: I-81 (5 fatalities)
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#49. Newport News city, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 11.9 per 100K people (#1,257 nationally, 22 deaths)
- 3 pedestrian deaths
- 1 bicyclist death
- 9 deaths involving drunk drivers
- Road with most fatalities: I-64 (5 fatalities)
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#48. Richmond city, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 12.0 per 100K people (#1,244 nationally, 27 deaths)
- 10 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 7 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#47. Bedford County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 12.6 per 100K people (#1,205 nationally, 10 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#46. Charlottesville city, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 12.9 per 100K people (#1,191 nationally, 6 deaths)
- 1 pedestrian death
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 1 death involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#45. Roanoke city, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 13.1 per 100K people (#1,182 nationally, 13 deaths)
- 8 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#44. Wise County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 13.7 per 100K people (#1,137 nationally, 5 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 1 death involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#43. Campbell County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 14.4 per 100K people (#1,091 nationally, 8 deaths)
- 3 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 1 death involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#42. Franklin County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 14.6 per 100K people (#1,080 nationally, 8 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 1 death involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#41. Hampton city, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 14.6 per 100K people (#1,077 nationally, 20 deaths)
- 1 pedestrian death
- 1 bicyclist death
- 9 deaths involving drunk drivers
- Road with most fatalities: I-64 (5 fatalities)
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#40. Washington County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 14.8 per 100K people (#1,063 nationally, 8 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 6 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#39. Accomack County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 15.0 per 100K people (#1,049 nationally, 5 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#38. Fauquier County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 15.2 per 100K people (#1,029 nationally, 11 deaths)
- 1 pedestrian death
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 1 death involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#37. Albemarle County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 15.3 per 100K people (#1,021 nationally, 17 deaths)
- 3 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 1 death involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#36. Gloucester County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 15.5 per 100K people (#1,009 nationally, 6 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#35. Frederick County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 15.5 per 100K people (#1,005 nationally, 14 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 1 bicyclist death
- 6 deaths involving drunk drivers
- Road with most fatalities: US-50 (6 fatalities)
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#34. Isle of Wight County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 15.7 per 100K people (#998 nationally, 6 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 1 death involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#33. Louisa County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 16.2 per 100K people (#964 nationally, 6 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#32. Hanover County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 16.5 per 100K people (#941 nationally, 18 deaths)
- 2 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 6 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#31. Powhatan County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 16.7 per 100K people (#929 nationally, 5 deaths)
- 1 pedestrian death
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 1 death involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#30. Smyth County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 16.7 per 100K people (#928 nationally, 5 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 1 death involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#29. Culpeper County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 17.3 per 100K people (#899 nationally, 9 deaths)
- 1 pedestrian death
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#28. Augusta County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 18.2 per 100K people (#853 nationally, 14 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#27. Danville city, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 18.8 per 100K people (#823 nationally, 8 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#26. Rockingham County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 19.3 per 100K people (#793 nationally, 16 deaths)
- 1 pedestrian death
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 9 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#25. Tazewell County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 19.7 per 100K people (#763 nationally, 8 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#24. Carroll County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 20.6 per 100K people (#729 nationally, 6 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 1 death involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#23. Pulaski County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 20.7 per 100K people (#724 nationally, 7 deaths)
- 1 pedestrian death
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#22. Petersburg city, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 21.1 per 100K people (#716 nationally, 7 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#21. Dinwiddie County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 21.4 per 100K people (#705 nationally, 6 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 0 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#20. Orange County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 22.2 per 100K people (#669 nationally, 8 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#19. Scott County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 23.2 per 100K people (#644 nationally, 5 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#18. Shenandoah County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 25.0 per 100K people (#582 nationally, 11 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#17. Caroline County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 25.9 per 100K people (#548 nationally, 8 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#16. New Kent County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 26.6 per 100K people (#520 nationally, 6 deaths)
- 1 pedestrian death
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 1 death involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#15. Henry County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 27.4 per 100K people (#490 nationally, 14 deaths)
- 1 pedestrian death
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 7 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#14. King William County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 28.6 per 100K people (#451 nationally, 5 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#13. Pittsylvania County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 29.6 per 100K people (#421 nationally, 18 deaths)
- 2 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 8 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#12. Giles County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 29.8 per 100K people (#417 nationally, 5 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 0 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#11. Wythe County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 31.7 per 100K people (#382 nationally, 9 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#10. Nottoway County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 31.9 per 100K people (#378 nationally, 5 deaths)
- 1 pedestrian death
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#9. Nelson County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 33.8 per 100K people (#341 nationally, 5 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#8. Buckingham County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 35.6 per 100K people (#297 nationally, 6 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#7. Westmoreland County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 38.2 per 100K people (#258 nationally, 7 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#6. Northampton County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 40.9 per 100K people (#231 nationally, 5 deaths)
- 1 pedestrian death
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 1 death involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#5. Amelia County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 45.4 per 100K people (#184 nationally, 6 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#4. Russell County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 46.3 per 100K people (#173 nationally, 12 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 0 deaths involving drunk drivers
- Road with most fatalities: US-19 (5 fatalities)
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#3. Middlesex County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 46.8 per 100K people (#166 nationally, 5 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#2. Charles City County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 73.3 per 100K people (#52 nationally, 5 deaths)
- 0 pedestrian deaths
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 1 death involving drunk drivers
- No roads with at least five fatalities
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#1. Sussex County, Virginia

- Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 100.4 per 100K people (#27 nationally, 11 deaths)
- 1 pedestrian death
- 0 bicyclist deaths
- 0 deaths involving drunk drivers
- Road with most fatalities: I-95 (6 fatalities)

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