Virginia State Police are reporting that that number of people who have died this year in traffic accidents in Pittsylvania County has almost doubled the number of fatalities of 2013. Last year, eight people were killed in accidents that occurred on county roads, but this year the number of people killed has already reached 15. And even more tragic, police say that all but one of those fatal accidents could have been avoided if people were obeying the law.
Our Virginia personal injury law firm has reported on several of these fatal traffic accidents, including a double fatality that occurred in July when a woman driving a Ford Taurus crossed over the center line and plowed into two motorcycles, killing the drivers of both bikes. The driver of the Taurus was operating on a suspended license.
Police are urging drivers to use caution, and common sense, when driving. In a statement, 1st Sgt. John H. Turner, Virginia State Police Area 43 Commander, said drivers should obey the posted speed limits, wear their seat belts and not be texting and driving or participating in other activities that may distract their eyes and attention from the road. He also reminds motorists to never drink and drive.
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