Labor Day Weekend Crash Fatalities Down from 2016

need-an-ambulance-1512594The number of fatal car accidents in the state of Virginia decreased this Labor Day weekend. Seven deaths were reported over the three day period. Compared with the 16 fatalities that occurred over the 2016 holiday weekend, this is a significant decrease. Of the seven fatalities in 2017, one was a pedestrian, two were motorcyclists and the rest were drivers or passengers involved in vehicle collisions. Everyone killed in traffic accidents was male and between the ages of 17 and 79.

Labor Day weekend is an extremely dangerous time to be on the roads. Because it is the unofficial end of summer, people are eager to celebrate and don’t always make smart decisions behind the wheel. In recent years, police statewide have conducted the Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort program to help reduce the number of fatal accidents over Labor Day weekend. They look for drivers speeding, those not wearing seat belts, and of course, drunk drivers.

Unfortunately, drunk drivers are frequently to blame for holiday weekend crashes. Many people fail to plan a safe way to get home after a night of partying and decide to take a chance behind the wheel. Given the popularity of ride sharing apps like Uber and Lyft, there is never any reason to drive drunk. Even if you are not an Uber user, arranging for a taxi or other designated driver to get you home after a night out is the responsible thing to do.

We applaud the police effort to reduce the number of fatalities. Clearly, the effort is paying off!

Virginia Personal & Wrongful Death Lawyers

The Virginia personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has helped victims of accidents for over 29 years. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you have legal rights. If you’d like to discuss your situation, contact us to setup a free consultation 877-544-5323.