Richmond, VA (PRWEB) May 27, 2011
Scores of Virginia residents will jump into their cars and head to their favor vacation spots this Memorial Day weekend to kick off the start of the summer season.
According to the Carroll County Times, AAA Mid-Atlantic predicts that 719,400 Virginia residents will travel over the long weekend, with about 90 percent of those people traveling by automobile.
The Virginia personal injury lawyers of the Marks & Harrison law firm urges those motorists to enjoy the weekend responsibly by keeping drinking and driving and other dangerous forms of behavior, such as speeding or texting behind the wheel, out of their holiday plans.
According to the Virginia State Police, 10 people died in automobile accidents during Memorial Day weekend a year ago, while nearly 650 car crashes were reported. The weekend also resulted in more than 12,000 speeding and reckless driving citations and 121 DUI arrests.
In order to avoid car accidents, injuries and deaths, the Richmond-based personal injury law firm suggests that Virginia motorists:
- Plan ahead for your trip and leave yourself time to reach your destination. Car crashes can occur when drivers are rushed and fail to realize the consequences of their speed.
- Put down the cell phone, smartphone or text-messaging device when driving. A study by the Virginia Tech Driving Institute found that motorists who text while driving are 23 more likely than other drivers to be in an accident.
- Pull off the road and find a safe place to rest if you find that you are getting drowsy behind the wheel. Fatigue or sleepiness while driving accounts for more than 100,000 vehicles crashes a year, resulting in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates.
- Don’t drink and drive – period. Nearly 32 percent of Virginia’s 2009 traffic fatalities involved alcohol-impaired drivers, or 243 car accident deaths. Use a designated driver, taxi, bus or other form of public transportation, or else arrange for someone you trust to make sure you get home. But don’t consume alcohol and get behind the wheel.
Even the safest Virginia drivers may be involved in an accident due to the careless or reckless conduct of another driver. If this happens, make sure to get immediate medical attention, collect insurance and license information from the other motorists involved, obtain the police accident report and consult with an attorney to learn about your rights in that situation, the car accident lawyers of Marks & Harrison say.
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.