While many of us travel to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, the increased numbers of drivers on the road means an increased risk of car accidents during this time of year.
Thanksgiving Accident Statistics
Thanksgiving ranks among one of the most dangerous times of year on the road, along with other holiday season holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Hundreds of people across the country every Thanksgiving are killed in car accidents, while thousands more suffer serious or catastrophic injuries.
Reasons Why Accidents Are More Likely to Occur Around Thanksgiving
Some of the factors that contribute to making Thanksgiving a more dangerous time to be on the road include:
- Out-of-town travelers – Visitors are more likely to be unfamiliar with the route they are taking, increasing the chances they take their eyes off the road to check maps or turn-by-turn directions on their phone.
- Bad weather – During Thanksgiving, many parts of the country, including New Jersey, experience bad weather including heavy rain, snowfall, or freezing conditions, which lead to poor road conditions and increase the risk of accidents, especially when drivers fail to drive carefully or at a safer speed.
- Careless or reckless driving – Around the Thanksgiving holiday, drivers are more likely to be fatigued due to long road trips to visit family and friends, or after consuming alcohol following Thanksgiving parties or dinners.
Tips to Avoid Accidents While Traveling for Thanksgiving
If you are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, there are tips and steps you can follow to help you avoid accidents while on the road.
- Make sure you’ve performed routine maintenance on your vehicle, and that your oil and fluid levels, tires, brakes, and battery are in good condition
- Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle, which should include a flashlight, blanket, gloves, water, and basic tools such as a jack, tire iron, and jumper cables
- Plan your route, and pull off the road if you need to check for directions
- Don’t text or talk on the phone while driving
- Don’t drive too fast for the road or weather conditions
- Use caution when driving at night, especially when driving in an unfamiliar area
- Avoid driving if you are tired or fatigued, or if you have consumed alcohol
If you are involved in an accident, you should always notify law enforcement, or call 911 if someone has been injured. Be sure to exchange contact and insurance information with the other drivers involved in the accident, and get contact information from any eyewitnesses to the accident. If possible, take photos of the accident scene and the damage to the vehicles involved. You should also report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible after the accident. Finally, even if you don’t think you were seriously injured, you should still get checked out by a doctor after your accident for any injuries you may have suffered. You may also want to seriously consider speaking with a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights and options following your crash.
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