According to AAA, more than 38 million drivers will hit the road this Memorial Day weekend. And unfortunately, Memorial Day weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year to hit the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this weekend sees a 13.1% increase in traffic deaths compared to a non-holiday weekend, with an average of 400 people losing their lives on the roadways. The NHTSA statistics also show that 44% of Memorial Day weekend fatalities result from the consumption of alcohol.
This year Washington D.C. is among the top destinations for travelers, which means that northern Virginia roadways will see some of the heaviest traffic conditions of the year. With events such as the largest Memorial Day parade in the country, the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally, Washington Nationals baseball games, and the National Memorial Day concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, drivers will need use extra caution this Memorial Day.
PJI Law’s experienced attorneys regularly represent both local residents and out-of-town visitors in such personal injury and traffic cases that arise in Fairfax County, Arlington County, the City of Alexandria, and other northern Virginia jurisdictions. The risks include everything from car accidents, to pedestrian injuries, to reckless driving. So please, be safe as you enjoy your holiday weekend to the fullest.
We at PJI Law wish you a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, and extend sincere gratitude – which will never be sufficient – to our fallen patriots and their families.