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Memorial Day Weekend Driving is More Dangerous Than Earlier in the Year

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Memorial Day Weekend Driving is More Dangerous Than Earlier in the Year

Thousands of drivers are expected to converge on the interstates and highways of Virginia this weekend as the Memorial Day weekend gets underway.

AAA estimates as many as 2.6 percent more Virginians will travel over the holiday weekend this year compared to last year. A staggering 90 percent of Virginians are expected to drive over the weekend, WAVY.com reported.

While it’s great to see friends and family over the Memorial Day weekend, you should exercise care on the roads. Typically, accidents spike over the holidays and Memorial Day is no exception.

Often deaths on the roads of Virginia reach double figures over the Memorial Day weekend.

Virginia State Police has urged drivers to buckle up and move over when they see the lights of emergency vehicles at the side of the road.

Virginia has a “move over” law that says drivers must change if it is safe to do so if emergency personnel like police and fire trucks, highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks with flashing lights are at the side of the road.

Every year emergency workers are hurt by drivers who fail to change lanes or reduce their speed. Our personal injury lawyers represented a tow truck driver who was badly injured on the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel in Newport News. You can read about it here on our website.

Nationally more than 39 million people are expected to travel at least 50 miles over the Memorial holiday weekend.

The American Safety Council notes traffic fatalities are 32 percent higher on Memorial Weekend than in the preceding weeks.

However, statistics suggest the July 4 holiday is the most deadly holiday of the year. Typically, holidays are more hazardous times of the year to drive because of the sheer volume of traffic on the roads, road rage and intoxicated drivers.

Here are some tips for Memorial Day Weekend Driving

  • If you are setting out to visit relatives or friends, give yourself plenty of time to get there
  • Make regular stops to avoid the dangers of drowsy driving
  • Don’t be distracted by mobile devices or passengers
  • Don’t consume alcohol and drive
  • Don’t rush to get to your destination and break the speed limit
  • Follow Virginia’s “move over” law if you see an emergency vehicle.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. If you are hurt in an accident make sure to call an experienced Virginia Beach car accident injury lawyer at (757) 455-0077.

Mike Snellings

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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 Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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