St. Petersburg, Florida – Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to spend with friends and family and reflect on all the blessings in our lives. Unfortunately, statistics do show that during this holiday weekend the number of car accidents drastically increase, making Thanksgiving one of the most dangerous and deadliest times to be on the road.
There were 337 motor vehicle fatalities throughout the U.S. during the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Last year, 431 traffic deaths were reported during this holiday period, which includes Wednesday evening through early Monday morning.
The American Auto Association has predicted that 43.6 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles this Thanksgiving, which is an increase in 0.7 percent from last year. Nearly 90 percent of travellers will be making their trips by car, making roadways across the United States busier than ever. With so many people choosing to drive, it is important to prepare yourself accordingly for holiday travel.
Here are a few tips you can follow to make sure you and your family arrive at your destinations safely:
1. Wear Your Seat Belt.
2. Make Sure You Are Well Rested Before Making a Long Trip.
3. Before Heading Out, Check the Weather Forecast.
4. Make Sure Your Car is in Good Working Condition before making any Trip. Check
the tires, battery and fill your gas tank.
5. Avoid Speeding and Careless or Distracted Driving. You will likely experience increased traffic volumes this year so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
6. Never Drink and Drive. Avoid alcohol at your gatherings unless you have a safe way to get home. Be aware that other drivers sharing the roadways may have consumed alcoholic beverages, so be extra cautious this holiday weekend. Keep in mind that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, also known as “Blackout Wednesday,” is one of the busiest drinking nights for college students returning home for the holiday. Understand that other drivers may not have safety as their number one priority.
Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents will occur this Thanksgiving weekend. It is important to keep in mind that with more people on the road, the more likely you are to become involved in a traffic accident. Even the most careful drivers can fall victim to negligent motorists. If you or someone you love is injured in an automobile accident this holiday weekend, a Florida Auto Accident Attorney at Whittel & Melton can help you understand what steps to take next. We are always available 24/7, so contact us online or call us statewide and toll-free at 866-608-5529.
Our legal team at Whittel & Melton would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving!