The government of Virginia is in control of most of Virginia’s roads, as opposed to the local counties. Counties control the roads in many other states. There are over 70,000 miles of road in Virginia and the Virginia Department of Transportation controls about 58,000 miles of them. As a result, it’s the third largest highway system in the country.
Control is a key issue for several reasons. Control means the Virginia Department of Transportation is the entity responsible for repairs to the roads and for driver alerts. It’s also responsible for handling accidents or assigning agencies to handle accidents. As with most aspects of the law, there are often exceptions. A local Virginia lawyer will know or be able to investigate who controls which roads, which can be an issue in personal injury lawsuits. Some roads are not controlled by the state but rather by a city or a town. Truck drivers need to know these roads because knowledge of the roads can reduce shipping time.
The roads include interstate highways which are freeways designated by the Federal Highway Administration. Interstates are numbered by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AAHSTO). Some of the Interstates in Virginia are I-64: I-264, I-464, I-564, I-664, I-66, I-77, I-81: I-381, I-581, I-85, I-95: I-195, I-295, I-395, and I-495. The primary highway system also includes US Routes (which are numbered by AAHSTO) and primary state routes which are numbered by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Many of the roads at state institutions (like Virginia Tech University), state police headquarters and correctional facilities are considered primary highways. Secondary Virginia roads have numbers that are unique just to a county so there may be multiple roads with the same number in the state, just not in the same county.
No matter where an accident happens in Virginia, if you were hurt or a loved one was killed, you need a skilled attorney on your side. Joe Miller has been helping injured clients in Virginia and North Carolina for a quarter of a century and is ready to put that experience to work on your case. Contact Norfolk car accident attorney Joe Miller at Joe Miller Law, Ltd., by calling (888) 694-1671 to learn more about the legal options available to you.