Richmond, VA (PRWEB) August 31, 2011
As Virginians prepare for their last summer getaways, a new report shows that the state has made deeper cuts in impaired driving crashes than its neighbors.
Still, drunk driving continues to pose a serious threat to Labor Day travelers and people who use Virginia’s roads throughout the year, say attorneys at the Virginia personal injury law firm of Marks & Harrison.
According to The Washington Examiner, Virginia has made more progress than Maryland and the District of Columbia in its efforts to reduce auto accidents caused by drivers who were impaired by alcohol or other drugs.
Figures show that the number of Virginia alcohol and drug-related crashes has fallen steadily from 11,736 in 2006 to 8,221 last year. In Maryland, the totals have fluctuated between a high of 8,804 and a low of 8,145, with no clear trend. The District’s number of impaired driving crashes has increased constantly during the same period.
Some of the credit for Virginia’s improvement goes to stricter enforcement of drunk driving laws, education campaigns and special crackdowns like the one scheduled for the upcoming Labor Day holiday season, according to Virginia police and highway safety organizations.
But while any improvement is good news, Virginia still has a long way to go to make its roads safer for motorists, caution the Richmond-based personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Marks & Harrison.
For example, 243 people lost their lives in drunk driving accidents in Virginia last year, according to statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Although that figure was down from 294 fatalities in 2008, hundreds of people are still losing their lives because of entirely preventable behavior, the law firm says.
The Virginia auto accident attorneys at Marks & Harrison urge motorists to pay heed to the National Impaired Driving Crackdown that is set to run through the end of Labor Day weekend.
And while it’s important to abstain from drinking and driving during special holiday times, staying safe and sober behind the wheel is a habit that must be kept year-round to ensure safer roads, according to the law firm.
The firm also emphasizes that even the most cautious drivers can still suffer the dire consequences of impaired driving if they are unable to avoid a collision with an intoxicated driver. That’s why the victims of drunk driving accidents should consult with a qualified Virginia personal injury attorney for help with securing their rights against the at-fault driver, the firm states.
About Marks & Harrison
Established in 1911, Marks & Harrison represents clients in a variety of different practice areas, including personal injury, wrongful death, car accidents, tractor trailer accidents, motorcycle accidents, alcohol/drug-related accidents and pedestrian injuries. The firm features eight offices located in the Virginia cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Louisa, Charlottesville, Tappahanock, Hopewell, Staunton and Fredericksburg. To learn more about the firm and your rights if you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, call (800) 283-2202 or use the firm’s online form.
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