Nine People Killed in Car Crashes over Holiday Weekend

By Peter DePaolis

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend proved deadly on Virginia’s highways, as reported at Virginia State Police officials said nine people died in auto crashes from November 23 to November 27. Five of the victims were not wearing seatbelts, according to Virginia authorities.

One of the deaths involved a pedestrian and another involved a motorcycle rider. Investigators said alcohol played a role in two of the crashes. The youngest victim was 17-year-old and the oldest was 54-year-old, respectively. Police were proactive in arresting 103 drivers for drunken driving over the weekend and citing over 8,500 drivers for speeding.

The Virginia State Police Superintendent said the deaths occurred despite the state’s Click-It-or-Ticket campaign to get drivers to wear their seatbelts. The superintendent commented that it takes only two seconds to secure a seatbelt and it could save your life.

Taking the time to secure your seatbelt and your child’s seatbelt or safety restraint is crucial to preventing needless fatalities. If you are involved in a car crash, it is critical that you know what to do after a car accident. You should carry certain essential items in your vehicle in the event of a car crash.

Do you know what those essential items are in the event of a car accident? Contact our team today.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.