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Several die in Virginia car accidents over Memorial Day weekend

Long holiday weekends are often a time when Virginia residents take to the roads to visit their friends and family members. Just recently, residents of the commonwealth celebrated Memorial Day and the service that countless men and women have given to the nation through their work with the military. Unfortunately, though, not all who traveled by car arrived home safely, and the Virginia State Police report that more than a half-dozen people died on Virginia roads during the long weekend.

Seven individuals lost their lives in six vehicle crashes throughout the commonwealth over the four-day weekend. One crash involved a head-one collision, in which two people died. Four of the deadly accidents involved motorcycles. All in all, there were 652 motor vehicle accidents over the course of the four-day weekend. Although the number of fatalities over this stretch of time is one less than during the same weekend in 2016, Virginia State Police officers still believe that more can be done to prevent senseless auto accident deaths.

Taking time to ensure that personal safety equipment such as seatbelts and motorcycle helmets are used can help, but so too can responsible driving efforts on the part of motorists. Holiday weekends such as Memorial Day often lend themselves to cookouts and parties where drivers may indulge in alcohol prior to leaving their events. Individuals who drink and drive are a hazard to everyone else on the road, including any passengers that they may choose to take with them in their vehicles.

Car accidents happen on Virginia roads each day of the year -- not only over holiday weekends. Readers of this Fairfax personal injury law blog are encouraged to seek legal guidance if they have suffered injuries and losses in a vehicle crash so that they may better understand their rights for seeking compensation and protecting their legal options.

Source:, "Seven killed in traffic crashes in Virginia over Memorial Day weekend," Becca Mitchell, May 31, 2017

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