Thanksgiving Auto Accidents
Though many people believe that New Year’s Eve is the night when most drunk driving accidents occur, they are wrong.
Thanksgiving is usually one of the year’s deadliest weeks for traffic crashes. Between navigating unfamiliar roads, driving late at night or after having a few drinks, and the sheer fact that when traffic volume goes up, car crash numbers generally go up as well.
Factors That Increase Holiday Auto Accidents
- Out of town travelers. With an increase in the number of people on the roads, you can expect traffic congestion and delays. Being in an unfamiliar location makes driving more challenging.
- Adverse weather conditions. Be aware of the impact that rain, snow and sun glare can have. Reduce your speed, and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
- Reckless Driving. Extended road trips and busy schedules can make drivers more fatigued than usual, while new scenery and anticipation of events can create driver distractions. To avoid car accidents, get plenty of rest before taking a long trip. Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your mind on the task of driving.
- Alcohol. Thanksgiving-Eve, which some refer to as “Black Wednesday,” has quickly become the busiest night of the year for bars. The risk of being involved in an alcohol-related car accident from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. the night/early morning before Thanksgiving has consistently been extremely high. More drunk driving deaths occurred on Thanksgiving Eve than on New Year’s Eve.
Tips To Avoid Auto Accidents
To avoid car accidents on the road, practice defensive driving skills and follow some basic safety tips. The following dos and don’ts will help reduce your holiday accident risks:
- Wear your seatbelt at all times.
- Don’t text or talk on the phone while driving.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
- Don’t go over the speed limit or drive too fast for road or weather conditions.
- Use caution when driving at night, because visibility is diminished.
- Don’t drive when you are excessively tired or fatigued.
- Recognize the adverse effects medication can have on your driving abilities.
- Don’t get behind the wheel if you are under the influence of alcohol, even if you only had a few drinks.
What to Do if Holiday Accidents Occur
Despite taking all the necessary precautions, you cannot always avoid car accidents or prevent other motorists from making errors. In the event you are involved in a holiday accident, you should:
- Notify law enforcement immediately.
- Exchange personal contact, vehicle, and insurance information with other drivers at the scene.
- Make note of any witnesses who may have seen the accident occur.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, your vehicle, and your injuries if possible.
- Get medical attention right away, even if you think your injuries are minor.
- Report the accident to your car insurance provider.
Each Thanksgiving, we begin another holiday season while remembering all we are grateful for but do not let the frenetic pace of the season rush you on the roads. Be alert and drive defensively so you can celebrate with loved ones, not sit in the emergency room.
Contact us for more useful information or if you should be in an accident. A Car Accident doctor will treat you and bill your auto insurance company, a medical lien, or attorney’s lien.