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Drunk Driving Accidents Spike over July 4 Holiday

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Drunk Driving Accidents Spike over July 4 Holiday

July 4 is one of America’s favorite holidays. It’s also a time when millions of Americans get on the highways, tempers flare and accidents spike.

It’s a time when accidents caused by drunk driving are also more prevalent.

You should never drink and drive. If you get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, there’s an increased chance that you will get in trouble with the law over the holiday.

don't drive drunk on July 4

Virginia State Police is stepping up its patrols over the holiday weekend. Troopers will  be keeping a look out for:

  • Drunk drivers;
  • Speeding drivers;
  • Drivers and passengers who are not wearing seat belts.
  • Improperly restrained chidren.

Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman for Virginia State Police, said increased patrols would take place over the holiday weekend from Friday to Monday. The patrols are part of a national program called Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), she said.

In a press release, W. Steven Flaherty, VSP Superintendent, alluded to an “alarming number of fatal traffic crashes” in Virginia over the last two weeks.

The state police provided last year’s figures as an illustration of how many drivers are arrested in these kinds of operations.

In 2015, troopers arrested 2,266 reckless drivers over the weekend of July 4. They cited 828 people for failing to wear a seatbelt and 329 people for child safety seat violations over the three-day period. State police arrested 96 people for drunk driving.

In past years we have seen a rise in fatal accidents in Virginia over the July 4 holiday. While the figure of four deaths was lower than usual in 2015, 11 people died on the highways of the Commonwealth the previous year.

One death is too many. If you lose a loved one to a drunk driver, or if you are injured, you have rights. You can read more about DUI accidents in Virginia, here.

It’s also illegal to drive under the influence of any narcotic drug in Virginia. In some cases, the victims of drunk drivers can qualify for punitive, or extra damages in a lawsuit against a drunk driver if they refused to take a breath test or had a BAC of .15% or above.

If you are attending a party this July 4 and plan to be drinking alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver or call Uber. There’s never any excuse for driving drunk.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers sue drunk drivers. We never represent them. Call us at (757) 455-0077.


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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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