Thanksgiving Travelers Means Congested Roads

Thanksgiving and Car Accidents

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, more Americans will be traveling to see family and friends than last year. According to AAA more than 48.7 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles this holiday season. With the vast majority (89%) or 43.3 million will be driving to their destination. With the large influx of travelers, congested highways and potential hazardous driving conditions it is imperative that holiday travelers stay cautious and distraction free while travelling to and from their destination.

AAA is estimating an increase of 1.9% over 2015 and the most since 2007. Florida will see over 2.3 million people hit the road in our state, which is an increase of 4.9% from 2015. The increase in travelers is due to consumer confidence, decrease in gas prices and an improving economy. Not only will there be an increase in overall travel, Thanksgiving week (November 23rd-November 29th) holds another statistic for the most accidents of any other holiday.

According to the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System there were 764 fatality crashes and 50,000 non-fatal accidents in 2012. Of those killed 40% were involved with drunk drivers and 60% of the passengers were not wearing seat belts.

Driving is by far the most popular form of transportation during the Thanksgiving week. It is important you have patience, be safe and utilize some of the below safety tips when traveling this holiday season.  These simple safety tips can save a life.

Safety Tips For Your Trip

The following are a few safety tips you should implement to prevent motor vehicle accidents:

  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • NEVER drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • Do not drive if you are exhausted or fatigued.
  • Do not be in a rush. Plan your trip to make sure you have enough time to get to your destination safely.
  • Research the weather prior to driving in it. Look at future and current road conditions.
  • The night before make sure you get enough sleep and schedule rest stops, when driving long distances.
  • Try not to get distracted. Do not use your cell phone, eat, drink or engage with your passengers when driving on the road.
  • Don’t take risks. Try not to speed or follow too close to cars in front of you.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, we understand how stressful and financially difficult it can be. Laurie D. Mitchell has been protecting the rights of injured victims in Gainesville for almost 30 years. Laurie is experienced dealing with insurance companies and well versed in traffic laws, she has represented hundreds of accident victims and their families recover the just compensation they deserve. If you need aggressive legal representation, call Laurie today for your free consultation (352) 371-9828. We work on a contingency basis; we charge no fees unless you win.

The Law Office of Laurie D. Mitchell wishes you and your family a Happy, Healthy and Safe Thanksgiving.