Safety is the mantra for Memorial Day weekend

On behalf of Clancy Law

Tomorrow, thousands of drivers across Chicago and the state of Illinois will begin the ritual which is known as the unoffical start of summer: road trips for Memorial Day weekend. Nationally, the American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that more than 31 million Americans will enjoy road trips this weekend.

With so many people taking to the road, the two most popular slogans will be “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click it or Ticket.” Essentially law enforcement officers will be out in force to make sure drivers are abiding by the law.

After all, Memorial Day is one of the deadliest weekends during the year. With so much more traffic on the road, the risk of auto accidents increases as well. It is also a time to remind our readers of the (legal) duties they have when they get behind the wheel.

Essentially, every driver in Illinois has a duty to use reasonable care in operating their vehicle in a safe manner. This includes driving at safe speeds, avoiding distracting activities while behind the wheel (i.e. texting), and not drinking alcohol before driving. If a driver breaches this duty of care and causes an accident, he or she could be held liable for the ensuing injuries and property damage.

A person injured by a negligent driver can seek compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation expenses and property damage. If you are involved in an accident over the weekend, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options.

Source: St. Charles-IL Patch.com, St. Charles, Campton Hills Police ready for Memorial Day, May 14, 2013

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Safety is the mantra for Memorial Day weekend