The first is other drivers on the road. Motorcyclists are often out in force over the course of this weekend making it more important than even to be on the lookout for the much smaller vehicles. Individuals who tailgate could cause an accident if they fail to notice that the vehicle ahead of them is slowing down. Texting pulls the attention of the driver away from the road. All of these factors could result in an accident occurring.
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Next, is the risk of being on the road with drunk drivers. While of course people participate in this behavior year round, long holiday weekends often lead to parties where alcohol is consumed followed by drivers taking to the road. Drunk driving could lead to serious accidents and possibly even death. Throughout the nation over Memorial Day weekend, according to the National Safety Council, a forecast 383 fatalities will occur.
Law enforcement will be out en masse over the long weekend. This could result in a driver being cited for an infraction he or she otherwise would not. In addition to watching for drunk drivers and others involved in dangerous driving activities, they will also be watching to make sure that seat belt laws are being followed.
Last, but not least, the traffic that road trippers will face is expected to be terrible. According to AAA, it is expected that 37.2 million people throughout the nation will travel a distance of at least 50 miles from home.
Those who do drive places over the long weekend should be aware that they may have legal options if they are injured in a car accident. A personal injury lawyer can help determine what those options could be.