Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have fallen while serving our country, to enjoy time with the family and maybe even attend a cookout or two.  As a Virginia personal injury attorney I’m glad that Virginia (VA) is once again experiencing a statewide decline in traffic deaths this year, which will make driving to that cookout less stressful. According to preliminary numbers, there have been 239 reported traffic fatalities on Virginia’s highways between January 1, 2011, and midnight Wednesday, May 25, 2011. Last year during this same period, there were 280 reported traffic deaths statewide.

In an effort to keep those figures on the decline, every driver and passenger traveling around the Commonwealth this holiday weekend is encouraged to buckle up. Last year during the holiday weekend, Virginia State Police troopers statewide cited 1,007 seat belt violations. Another 307 summonses were issued for children not being properly secured in either a child safety seat or booster seat.

During the 2010 holiday weekend, state police investigated a total of 657 traffic crashes, with seven of them being fatal. A total of 11 died in Virginia as a result of traffic crashes over the 2010 Memorial Day weekend and seven people were killed during the 2009 holiday weekend.

Although fatalities are declining across Virginia our area just suffered a traffic related fatality this month in Portsmouth, when a motorcyclist was killed by the driver of another vehicle.  When these types of fatal accidents happen it is important to talk with a experienced personal injury attorney.