Labor Day Holiday Brings Major Increases in Car Accidents and Deaths on the Highways in Virginia, and Elsewhere | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

Most of us take advantage of Labor Day weekend by enjoying the last bit of summer before we welcome the fall season. Oftentimes this involves cookouts, parties, and other gatherings of people to celebrate the three-day weekend. Unfortunately things don’t always go as planned – with a holiday oftentimes comes an increase in car and truck accidents and related injuries and fatalities. In many cases, this is due to an increase in alcohol consumption and the recklessness involved with drinking and driving, perhaps even more at beach and waterfront areas, like Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Hampton and other coastal cities in nearby North Carolina (NC) areas like Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Corolla, and Manteo. This increase in car accidents and fatalities during holiday weekends is not a matter to be taken lightly.

Labor Day weekend 2007 produced more motor vehicle-related fatalities in Virginia (VA) than any other Labor Day in the past ten years, with 19 persons losing their lives due to someone’s alcohol consumption, speed, inattention, or inexperience. 11 people died on Virginia (VA) roads during this same weekend in 2006, while 14 were killed in car or trucking/car accidents during Memorial Day weekend 2007. Among those killed and suffering personal injury in these accidents were people of all ages, creeds, and economic classes. During the holiday weekends, Virginia and North Carolina residents, please remember to take care when driving.

About 30 percent of traffic fatalities each year in Virginia are alcohol related, so remember, don’t drink and drive. And if you or a loved one has been the victim of someone else’s negligent driving choices, please contact our personal injury law firm, Hajek Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan, to talk about your rights as we offer free consultation. Again, “all we do is injury law” every day, every year.

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