Nicknamed the "Old Dominion" due to its status as a former dominion of the English Crown, and "Mother of Presidents" because eight U.S. presidents were born there, the Commonwealth of Virginia is the cradle of American civilization. The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city, and Fairfax County is the most populous political subdivision. The Commonwealth's estimated population as of 2014 is more than 8.3 million.
The major roadways are as follows: I-64: Interstate 64 runs east–west through the middle of the state from West Virginia to the Hampton Roads region, a total of 298 miles. I-66: I-66 runs in an east–west direction. Its western terminus is in Middletown, Virginia, at an interchange with Interstate 81; its eastern terminus is in Washington, D.C. I-77: I-77 is a north–south highway along the U.S. Route 52 corridor, serving Hillsville, Wytheville, and Bland. I-81: I-81 is an 855-mile long highway. In the U.S. state of Virginia, I-81 runs for 324.92 miles. It stretches from the Tennessee state line near Bristol to the West Virginia state line near Winchester. I-95: Interstate 95 runs 179 miles between its borders with Maryland and North Carolina. The Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Transportation provides a high-quality site with road conditions, maps, videos, and traffic cameras.
Few states have a more diverse climate than that of Virginia. The state has five different climate regions: the Tidewater, Piedmont, Northern Virginia, Western Mountain, and Southwestern Mountain regions. The Atlantic Ocean and its river of warm water, commonly called the Gulf Stream, play a dominant role in differentiating Virginia's precipitation climate. Go to the University of Virginia Climatology Office site to learn more.
When someone has been injured or killed in a motor-vehicle collision in Virginia, the accident victim and their family members are left with medical bills, lost income, and other costs. It is important to get legal assistance to help the accident victim recover, or when the accident is fatal, to help the family members get fully compensated for their losses. Learn more about how a Virginia personal injury attorney will help injured victims and families.