Thanksgiving is a day dedicated to our family, friends, and counting our blessings. While it is meant to celebrate our good fortune and health, it is also considered one of the most dangerous holidays in the United States. Thanksgiving Eve is notoriously known for its high number of drunk drivers on the road due to college students being home and old friends catching up over drinks. Additionally, the overall number of drivers on the road rises as everyone heads home for the holiday weekend. Add to the mix that during the holidays, people are more concerned with arriving at their destinations quickly, rather than safely, and one can see why the estimated number of car crashes for this Thanksgiving weekend has risen.
This year, the National Safety Council estimates there will be around 437 traffic fatalities and 50,300 serious injuries arising from car crashes between 6 pm on Thanksgiving Eve and 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 27th. The estimated fatality is 12% higher than the average number of fatalities that have occurred during the previous six Thanksgiving periods. This is why we urge drivers to be vigilant about their safety and the safety of others while traveling this weekend.
If you are facing a short drive or a long road trip this Thanksgiving weekend, the NSC recommends the following tips to stay safe on the road:
- Buckle up every trip, every time. The NSC estimates 153 lives will be saved this holiday weekend because of people wearing their safety belts.
- Refrain from distracted driving - especially electronic device use - behind the wheel
- Get plenty of sleep and take regular breaks to avoid fatigue
- Do not allow young drivers to drive with their friends or younger siblings
- Learn about your vehicle's safety features and how to use them
- Secure children in size-appropriate restraints
- Do not drink and drive
- Plan ahead and drive defensively, especially during bad weather
Whether you are traveling to a loved one's home or hosting Thanksgiving dinner in your own home, stay safe on this day of thanks! If you find yourself in a crash or know someone who was hurt through another driver's negligence, don't hesitate to contact our motor vehicle accident attorneys for an initial consultation. Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!