Thanksgiving may be one of the happiest holidays, but it’s also one of the deadliest. The U.S. fatal accident death rate spikes each year on the infamous four-day weekend. According to the NHTSA, nearly half of all traffic fatalities on Thanksgiving involve alcohol. Forbes stated, in 2012 there were 764 fatalities. “At least 40% of passengers killed that Thanksgiving were involved in crashes with drunk drivers, and about 60% of passengers weren’t wearing their safety belts.” There were almost 50,000 non-fatal car accidents as well.
AAA estimated 46.9 million Americans will travel fifty or more miles from home for this 2016 holiday (Wednesday 23-Sunday 29). This will be a 0.6 percent increase of travelers compared to last year. AAA is gearing up for the weekend and expects to help almost half a million motorists this Thanksgiving. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is deemed the worst day to travel. Depending on the city and the destination, Harris Personal Injury Lawyers recommend leaving early in the a.m. to avoid the traffic congestion.
Harris Personal Injury Lawyers reminds you to drive safe, and plan ahead for your Thanksgiving travels.
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