The National Safety Council estimated that at least 400 people were killed on the road last year in the U.S. during the Thanksgiving holiday. An additional 48,000 people were also reported with serious injuries in car accidents during the holiday, which begins every year on Wednesday night and ends Sunday evening.
Why Are There So Many Fatalities and Injuries on U.S. Roads on Thanksgiving?
- Drunk driving. On average, more than one-third of Thanksgiving Day holiday deaths involve drunk drivers. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day is known for a sharp increase in travel and alcohol consumption, so it is crucial for drivers to be cautious and plan to have a sober designated driver or a ride with a ridesharing service.
- Distractions. Distracted driving is also a top cause of injuries and fatal car accidents during the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Many families will travel in large groups for their long road trips, which can in itself be a distracting car ride. Black Friday shopping can also be a breeding ground for crazy parking lots and erratic drivers. Stay vigilant throughout this period of time while on the road and keep your eyes on the road and your surroundings.
- Poor planning. If you and your family are planning to drive for long hours, or if you plan on going out and drinking, make sure you plan ahead to avoid putting yourself at risk. Check the weather and traffic congested routes before heading out, and plan to travel as early as possible to avoid the holiday rush.
- More traffic. The huge increase in people traveling during this holiday is enough to cause more accidents. In conjunction with the rest of these tips, plan ahead, stay focused on the road ahead, and make safe choices.
If you become involved in a car accident during the Thanksgiving holiday due to other drivers’ negligent or reckless driving, you should contact a Houston personal injury lawyer who can help determine potential options for compensation. Contact Tilton & Tilton LLP today to schedule a free consultation.