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Memorial Day traffic deaths down in Virginia year over year

Across the country, law enforcement officials and emergency responders geared up for the days around Memorial Day. It's not surprising that the first big weekend of the summer involves more car or trucking accidents than normal, but numbers released by the Virginia State Police show that deaths from accidents during the holiday were lower this year than in recent years.

State police say 11 people died in Virginia in vehicle accidents over the holiday in 2012. Last year, nine people in the state died. According to police, there were eight traffic-related deaths during the 2014 holiday.

Police say that the fatal accidents occurred in eight counties. According to reports, seven of those who died were not properly restrained. State police report that they investigated 463 accidents over the Memorial Day weekend. The agency made 142 drunk-driving arrests over the same time period.

State troopers also reportedly stopped thousands of drivers for traffic violations. They reports stopping over 3,000 drivers for reckless driving. Troopers also stopped 13,800 drivers for speeding.

An obvious message for drivers over busy holiday weekends -- and at any time -- is to be careful on the roads. Following safety precautions and traffic laws is one way to protect yourself, but you can't always know that other drivers are doing the same. Distracted truck drivers or those operating cars recklessly can cause serious and even fatal crashes.

When injuries are suffered or damages sustained in an accident that is the fault of another party, victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other losses by filing a civil claim.

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