To say that the past spring and summer have been stressful is an understatement. Many are looking forward to getting back into the routine of fall but not before one last celebration. Whether people will be traveling to the beach or gathering with family and friends, Virginia police have concerns about their safety on the roads and the increased risk of motor vehicle accidents.

Over the past three years, traffic fatalities occurring in the last weeks of summer have steadily risen. So far this year, over 539 travelers have died on Virginia highways. Police expect this number to rise since more people plan to shake off their recent confinement and enjoy the summer weather. Because of restrictions on air travel, even more motorists than usual may be on the roads.

Along with end-of-summer celebrations comes the increased risk of encountering drunk, distracted and reckless drivers. These drivers often show little concern for the well-being of others, and the consequences often include accidents involving serious and/or fatal injuries. Travelers can help themselves by wearing their seatbelts and remaining alert for dangers.

While more police will be on the roads in the coming days and weeks, they cannot always prevent accidents from occurring. Those in Virginia who suffer injuries or lose loved ones in motor vehicle accidents caused by reckless or negligent drivers have options for pursuing justice. By consulting an attorney, accident victims can obtain a complete evaluation of their case and solid advice for the most appropriate course of action.

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