Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the most widely celebrated holidays of the year. And while this holiday season may look a little different, and family gatherings may be smaller, the same risks will be there. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is considered one of the deadliest holidays in the United States, especially in traffic accidents. Not only do more people travel for Thanksgiving, but it is also a popular drinking holiday.
According to AAA, an estimated 55 million Americans travel over the Thanksgiving holiday every year. With so many vehicles on the roads, it should come as no surprise that we also see an increase in accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
Between the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Sunday night at the end of the long weekend, thousands of American adults and children are injured, and hundreds die due to traffic accidents. Because of this unfortunate trend, Thanksgiving is known as one of the most dangerous holidays of the year.
In addition to alcohol, there are numerous reasons why we see more accidents over Thanksgiving, several of which we will discuss today. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident this holiday season in Dallas or elsewhere in Texas, we encourage you to contact Shamieh Law and schedule a consultation.
We understand how stressful times are right now; the last thing you want to deal with is the repercussions of an accident over the holidays. Our experienced Dallas personal injury lawyers have your best interests in mind and will do everything we can to secure the justice you deserve. To learn more about your options or to discuss your case with one of our compassionate Dallas car accident lawyers, contact Shamieh Law today.
Common Causes of Thanksgiving Day Accidents
No one ever expects to be involved in a car accident, especially on such a wonderful, celebratory day as Thanksgiving. Sadly, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that more than 500 people die in crashes across the U.S. during the popular holiday weekend. Accidents can happen anytime, for any reason, but some of the most common causes of Thanksgiving traffic accidents include:
- Drunk driving – 35 percent of traffic deaths over Thanksgiving weekend involve a driver with a blood-alcohol level of at least .08. According to the NHTSA, more than 800 people died in drunk driving traffic accidents around Thanksgiving Day between 2012 and 2016 alone.
- Speeding – If you do one thing this holiday season when driving, take it slow. Speed is often a factor in fatal accidents, something that you can avoid by slowing down.
- Increase in traffic – The more people on the road, the greater the chance of an accident occurring.
- Unfamiliar roads – When people travel over Thanksgiving, they are often on roads they are unfamiliar with, leading to distraction, stress, and accidents. Take into account GPS navigation systems, and you can easily see why these types of accidents occur.
- Increase in drowsy driving – Many people travel far distances over Thanksgiving, leading to drowsy driving. When drivers are behind the wheel when they would usually be sleeping, it can cause an accident.
- Poor weather conditions – Depending on where you live, there’s a good chance you will have to deal with winter weather conditions like rain, sleet, ice, and snow. This weather increases your chances of an accident and can be very stressful – for both drivers and passengers.
Common Injuries from Thanksgiving Accidents
We’ve established that Thanksgiving is dangerous for road travelers, but what are some of the most likely injuries? Here’s a look at the most common injuries we see take place following a traffic accident over Thanksgiving weekend:
- Head trauma
- Chest injuries from seatbelts
- Leg and arm injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts, bruises, lacerations, and scrapes
- Broken ribs
- Head injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Knee trauma
- Herniated disc or other back injurie
The types of injuries that occur following a Thanksgiving accident can vary and will depend on a host of factors.
Safety Tips to Help You Avoid a Thanksgiving Accident
Even though not as many people will likely be traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend as years past, it’s vital to brush up on safety tips. Here are some precautions to take when traveling this Thanksgiving:
- Plan ahead and leave yourself enough time.
- Travel at a slow and safe speed.
- Never drive while texting or otherwise distracted.
- Always wear your seatbelt and make sure you know how to wear it properly.
- Never drive after drinking or doing drugs.
- Make sure children are properly secured before driving any distance.
- If traveling a longer distance, check your vehicle’s fluid levels, battery, and make sure you have a full tank of gas.
- Avoid late-night driving.
- Prepare for heavy traffic.
- Take frequent breaks.
- Never drive when tired.
- Stay alert.
- Drive in the right lane, except to pass.
Contact a Dallas Personal Injury Attorney
The legal team at Shamieh Law wishes you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. If you find yourself in an accident or are otherwise in need of legal assistance, please contact our law firm. We understand how stressful times are right now, and we remain committed to doing everything we can to protect our clients. The last thing you need to be dealing with right now is ramifications following a holiday accident.
If you suffered injuries because of another driver’s negligence, misaction, or poor decision-making, contact Shamieh Law right away. The sooner you sit down with one of our attorneys, the quicker we can get started on your case. Don’t become another statistic – keep the following safety tips in mind and take extra caution when traveling this Thanksgiving season.