While the data shows that distracted driving is a factor in a significant percentage of auto accidents throughout the year, there are a number of reasons why motorists should be particularly vigilant about watching for distracted drivers during Thanksgiving Weekend. Unfortunately, even the most-careful drivers will not be able to protect themselves in all instances, and those who fall victim to distracted driving can face substantial medical bills, pain and suffering, and other financial and non-financial consequences.
With nearly 51 million (or close to one in six) Americans traveling for Thanksgiving, congestion alone will factor into what is expected to be a higher-than-normal number of accidents over Thanksgiving weekend. But, with access to phones and in-car technology, many drivers will be prone to giving in to distractions behind the wheel as well. This includes:
Drivers should be particularly wary of other drivers being distracted in high-congestion areas, including intersections, shopping centers and merging lanes. Signs of drunk driving include many that are similar to those of drunk driving – failing to maintain speed, drifting out of a lane, stopping suddenly and other erratic driving behaviors.
What should you do if you are injured in an accident involving a distracted driver over Thanksgiving weekend? If you haven’t already you should see a doctor as soon as possible. If you are traveling, do not wait until you get home. Many types of traumatic injuries do not exhibit immediate symptoms, and traveling before you seek treatment could exacerbate your injury.
Other steps to take include:
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