Large Number of Cars on the Road for Thanksgiving Increase Accidents

The National Safety Council reports that Thanksgiving is the most dangerous holiday when it comes to traffic fatalities and serious injuries. It considers the four and one-quarter days spanning from the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving and all day Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as the Thanksgiving period.

In 2013, 360 deaths occurred during the Thanksgiving period compared to 3,060 for all of November. That puts the deaths during those four and one-quarter days at 11.76 percent of all fatalities for the month. This is the most recent year that the agency has published statistics. The large number of cars on the road for Thanksgiving accounts for the increase.

What Does This Mean for You?

Unfortunately, having more drivers on the road over the Thanksgiving period means that you are more likely to be involved in an accident. One thing you can do to decrease your odds is to avoid traveling during the busiest hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This is when most accidents happen, although the majority are minor fender-benders.

Serious injuries and fatalities occur more often on rural roads late at night. If you must drive then, make certain you have excellent directions and that you have had enough sleep. Keep in mind that you are more likely to encounter intoxicated drivers later in the evening as well. Another thing you should know is that 90 percent of people who travel for Thanksgiving do so by car.

Request Immediate Legal Help if You’re an Accident Victim

If you or a family member are injured in a car accident over the Thanksgiving period, don’t hesitate to contact us (h at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP for an immediate case evaluation. We are located in San Jose and our telephone number is 408-956-6949.