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The Dangers of Holiday Travel in Virginia

Each year, millions of people travel for the holidays, especially between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Unsurprisingly, this increase in car travel results in higher rates of Virginia car accidents. Despite heightened law enforcement presence and the threat of severe penalties, Virginia drivers continue to engage in unsafe driving practices. These behaviors compounded with the increase of drivers on the road can have potentially deadly consequences for Virginia drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), collects and reports traffic data, including the rate of accidents in relation to the time of day, day of the week, and time of year. According to the NHTSA, fatal car accidents significantly increase during certain times of the year. Statistics reveal that there are over 40 fatalities related to drunk driving every day in December. Additionally, data shows that drivers between 21 and 24 are more likely to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is likely related to the higher rate of family get togethers, work holiday parties, and general festivities that occur during this time of the year.

Another leading cause of holiday-related Virginia car accidents is fatigued driving. Studies by the National Sleep Foundation indicate that people experiencing sleep deprivation show similar symptoms to those under the influence of alcohol. Reports showed that individuals who are awake for 18 hours experience the same effects of someone with a blood-alcohol level of .05. The holiday season often requires people to stay up later than usual to attend parties, go shopping, and run errands. This increase in fatigued drivers, in potentially inclement weather, results in an influx of compromised drivers.

Finally, aggressive driving and speeding rank as the leading cause of fatal accidents in Virginia, regardless of the time of year. The NHTSA reports that close to 9,000 fatal crashes were caused at least in part by speeding. Many people have difficulty curbing their commitments, and this only increases during the holiday season. People are more likely to rush between events to fulfill their social obligations. Although many people understand the inherent and possibly deadly risks associated with unsafe driving, accidents still occur, and at-fault drivers must be held liable for the damages they cause.

Have You Suffered Injuries in a Virginia Car Accident?

If you or a loved one suffered injuries or death in a Virginia car accident, contact Robinson Law, PPLC for immediate assistance. Accidents around the holidays can have devastating financial and emotional consequences on victims and their loved ones. Our attorneys can help you recover for the damages you sustained as a result of another’s negligent driving. We have recovered substantial compensation for the injuries our clients have endured. Compensation often includes payments for medical bills, ongoing pain and suffering, and property damage. The attorneys at our firm understand that our clients deserve respect, compassion, and zealous representation. Virginia car accident cases can be complicated, and you should have a skilled attorney to represent your interests. Contact our office at 703-542-4008, to schedule your free initial consultation with an attorney on our team.

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