Thanksgiving Travels

thanksgivingfamily-112315The holiday season brings more traffic and the potential for more car accidents.  Many people are traveling to see loved ones and share precious time together, so the roads become more congested and more precarious.  Thanksgiving is one such holiday.  According to AAA, about 46.9 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles this year to enjoy their Thanksgiving meals.  The official travel period for Thanksgiving begins Wednesday, November 25 and continues through Sunday, November 29.  Of the 46.9 million travelers, AAA estimates that about 42 million of them will be driving their cars to get to their destinations.

The increase of drivers on the road increases the potential for car accidents and injuries.  More distractions are also present as families try to coordinate their travels, make their perfect Thanksgiving feasts, and enjoy the company of their loved ones.  It is important to stay focused while driving during the Thanksgiving holiday as it has proven to be one of the more deadly holidays for drivers.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013, 410 people were killed in car accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday and about 41% of those car accidents involved a drunk driver.

Thanksgiving is a time of joy and should be spent in the company of friends and family, so arriving at your destination safely is essential.  What can you do to make sure you arrive safely and avoid a car accident?

  • Be well rested before you start your journey and take breaks if necessary
  • Always wear you seat belt and make sure your passengers do as well
  • Put down any distractions, especially cell phones
  • Keep your eyes on the road at all times
  • Be prepared for the increase in traffic and potential delays
  • Follow the posted speed limits
  • Watch out for aggressive drivers
  • Have a designated driver if consuming alcohol
  • Follow the rules of the road

Follow these travel tips during the Thanksgiving holiday to arrive at your destination safely, enjoy the time with your family, and return home safely.

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Dangerous Days & Times on the Road

Did you know that certain days and times are more dangerous than others for drivers? Car accidents can occur at any time, but when do the most crashes happen? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers some interesting insight into this question with data from 2013.

Car Accident Injuries by Day in 2013 (listed from most to fewest):

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Friday: 258,000
Tuesday: 243,000
Wednesday: 238,000
Thursday: 234,000
Monday: 221,000
Saturday: 216,000
Sunday: 181,000

The time of day also had an effect on the number of crashes each day. Several factors may lead to crashes at different times of the day, such as more cars on the road, speeding, distracted drivers, or even tired drivers.

Car Accident Injuries by Time of Day in 2013 (listed from most to fewest):

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3pm to 6pm: 387,000
Noon to 3pm: 306,000
6pm to 9pm: 236,000
9am to Noon: 208,000
6am to 9am: 199,000
9pm to Midnight: 125,000
Midnight to 3am: 78,000
3am to 6am: 52,000

If you are unable to avoid the roads on the days and times with the most car accidents, there are other ways to maximize safety while driving. Putting away all distractions, such as cell phones, allows you to focus on the road and be aware of any potential dangers. Driving at the posted speed limit can also help reduce the chance of an accident. Wearing your seat belt is also essential when driving during the most common crash times. While the seat belt will not stop a car accident from happening, it can help to prevent possible injuries and fatalities.

If you have been in an car accident and are dealing with the related injuries, please visit http://www.caraccidenthelpnow.com or contact us at help@caraccidenthelpnow.com for a free consultation.