More than 790 killed in crashes on Virginia roads during 2018

More than 790 killed in crashes on Virginia roads during 2018

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - As of Dec. 26, 791 people were killed in vehicle crashes this past year on Virginia roads, and the year isn’t over yet.

A total of 843 died on Virginia road crashes last year.

More than 37,000 people die in crashes on America’s roadways every year, meaning someone is involved in a deadly collision every 15 minutes, according to AAA.

Since August, there have been at least six crashes involving first responders, one of which killed Hanover firefighter Lt. Brad Clark.

School bus crashes increased by 3 percent nationwide, with Virginia seeing multiple school bus accidents in recent weeks. Some of those crashes left children injured and sent to the hospital in Dinwiddie, Lunenburg and Chesterfield counties.

According to AAA, a total of 49 children died after being left in hot cars across the United States as of Dec. 21, with four of those deaths being in Emporia and Chesterfield and Goochland counties.

As the result of 22,612 distraction involved crashes, 12,780 people have been injured and 133 people have died between Jan. 1 and Dec. 26 in Virginia

In 2017, a total of 116 people were killed in pedestrian accidents across the state. Through Dec. 26 of this year, 110 people have been kill from 1,516 crashes, AAA reports.

The number of people killed on Virginia roads from not wearing a seat belt is on the rise from 2017. Last year, 308 people were killed. As of Dec. 26 of this year, 345 people who were not wearing seat belts have died across the Commonwealth.

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