The COVID-19 pandemic has halted travel plans for many households. With increased risks of exposure on airplanes and other forms of mass transportation, families in the Fargo area are rethinking their summer vacation plans. For many people, this means they might be taking a road trip.
Some people might be driving their family vehicles and planning to stay in hotels or camp along the way. Others might have invested in recreational vehicles (RVs) or motorhomes to take the family on the road. In either situation, there are risks of crashes and injuries for families taking road trips.
There are many risks that could lead to a serious crash when you embark on a road trip. These include the following and more:
- Other drivers – No matter where you are driving, the risk of other drivers being negligent and causing a crash will exist. The longer you are on the highway, the greater chance another driver could crash into you.
- Distracted driving – When you have the family in the car for hours at a time, many distractions can occur. You might need directions, kids might want snacks or entertainment, and more. Always have someone handling these tasks so the driver can focus on the road.
- Drowsy driving – Some people try to drive for much longer than they should, and they try to “push through” to get to their planned destination. This can lead them to fall asleep behind the wheel, which can be deadly.
- Vehicle malfunctions – Everyone should get a full vehicle tune-up before they hit the road for an extended trip. Even so, a road trip can be hard on your car, and many things can malfunction and lead you to crash.
Other drivers or companies might be responsible for causing your crash. This means that party should also be liable for covering all your losses resulting from the collision. These can include:
- Medical expenses to treat injuries
- Property damage
- Lost income if you miss work
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injuries and impairments
- Ongoing medical expenses
Insurance claims stemming from road trip crashes can be complicated, and you should always have the help of an experienced lawyer who can handle the entire claim process.
Contact a Fargo Personal Injury Attorney Today
Whether you suffer injuries and losses on a road trip or right in your own neighborhood, you should discuss your rights with a personal injury law firm. Do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced personal injury attorneys, Tim O’Keeffe, Tatum O’Brien, or Sara Monson by email, or call O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Attorneys at 701-235-8000 or toll-free 877-235-8002.