Memorial Day is one of the deadliest days of the year for motor vehicle accidents. AAA estimates 35 million drivers will drive over 50 miles this weekend. Remember to be extra attentive while driving, make sure you have plenty of rest and avoid cell phone conversations without a hands free device and never text while driving.
While 94% of Americans believe distracted driving is a problem, almost 20% believe they can safely drive while multitasking, including texting. So not only is it important to make sure you don't drive distracted, it is also important to take extra safety measures to protect yourself and family from other drivers who are distracted. Keep a safe distance from vehicles in front of you and if you are passing a car or semi, pass smoothly and quickly (within the speed limit).
If you are hit by a negligent driver another issue with holiday driving is the increased likelihood that the person that hits you will be from another state. Multiple jurisdictions can raise different legal questions regarding the appropriate standard of care, subrogation, etc. I recommend you immediately consult an attorney who can make sure your rights are protected, help you get appropriate medical care and make sure the negligent driver takes responsibility for his actions. Feel free to post specific questions or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.