Roanoke County, Virginia, residents would probably agree that car accidents are among the major causes of fatalities and injuries in the United States. Car accidents may be the result of various factors including distracted driving and driving under the influence.

Memorial Day weekend turned tragic for some families in Virginia as State Police report that there were eight deaths due to car accidents. There were nine deaths reported last year during the same holiday weekend. According to police, of the eight deaths this year, seven drivers were apparently not wearing seat belts.

The Virginia Police stopped around 13,829 drivers for speeding and 3,136 for reckless driving. One hundred and forty-two drivers were arrested on suspicion of DUI. Additionally, 1,241 people were stopped for violating safety belt laws and another 340 were cited for violating child safety rules. The holiday weekend reported a total of 463 car accidents.

With such a large number of car accidents the chances of injuries and fatalities in some of those accidents is very high. The trauma of a car accident victim can be much worse when these injuries are caused by another person’s negligence. Not only may victims have to spend a significant amount of money for medical treatment, they may also have to deal with lost wages as well as pain and suffering. Car accident victims in Virginia should know that they may be able to seek compensation from a negligent driver and their insurance company. In many cases like this, it may also be helpful to seek the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Source: WUSA9.com, “8 die in crashes in VA during Memorial Day weekend“, May, 27, 2014.