Thanksgiving will soon be upon us. It’s a much loved holiday in the United States, and a time when families reunite and come together to celebrate and give thanks for the things they hold dear in their lives.
Thanksgiving is also a big business. Almost 50 million turkeys were eaten for Thanksgiving dinner in 2015 alone, with 85% of US citizens participating in Thanksgiving dinners around the country. That amounts to roughly 275 million Americans. Almost 102 million Americans plan on shopping in stores on Thanksgiving as well, taking advantage of Black Friday deals and sales across the country.
95% of Americans plan on spending the Thanksgiving holiday with family, with 47 million people planning on driving over 50 miles to get there. Almost 90% of those people will reach their destinations by car, which means a serious increase in the number of cars on the road. Anytime there is an increase in the number of vehicles on our roadways, there is an increase in the number of car accidents that occur. Here are some facts about thanksgiving holiday accidents:
Car Travel has a High Fatality Rate
According to the National Safety Council, of all the major forms of transportation, including air, bus, and train transportation, car travel has the highest fatality rate based on deaths per miles traveled by passengers, second only to motorcycles.
More cars on the road usually mean an increase in dangerous driving habits. To a certain extent, this is just a statistical byproduct, more people driving equals more opportunities for accidents to occur. But it also means drivers will drive more aggressively once they lose their patience due to traffic. It also means more distracted, inattentive drivers on the road as well, which can lead to disastrous consequences.
Holidays Mean an Increase in Intoxicated Driving
The holidays are about celebrating, and not infrequently, celebrating means drinking. When done responsibly, there is nothing wrong with imbibing with loved ones over dinner, or other types of family get togethers. But when people drink irresponsibly, the consequences can be dear.
In 2016, across the United States, fatalities caused by intoxicated drivers were 28% of all of the total traffic related fatalities that year. During the Thanksgiving Day period though, that number went up to 34% of all fatal traffic accidents for that time period. In fact, over 400 people are expected to die on US roadways this year, during the Thanksgiving period.
This Year, Be Thankful AND Responsible
We all have a responsibility to our fellow citizens to not needlessly endanger them as we move through our lives, and we need to take that responsibility seriously. When the negligent or careless actions of one party result in injury or damage to another party, it is a very serious situation.
Personal injuries are life-altering. Injured parties may be unable to provide for their families, may need to undergo numerous expensive medical procedures, and may even have to modify their homes in order to accommodate permanent injury. Injured parties deserve to have as much of what they have lost returned to them as is possible. A dedicated attorney can help them in their quest for justice.
Injured people have rights, and the Denver personal injury attorneys at the Gold Law Firm fight every day to protect those rights. Contact us today for a free consultation and learn what your legal options are.
Contact the Denver Car Accident Lawyers at the Gold Law Firm
If you were injured in a car accident because of the negligence of another, consider putting our experienced Denver car accident attorneys on your side. At the Gold Law Firm, we work hard to achieve the maximum compensation for all of our clients. Contact attorney Gregory A. Gold or Sommer Luther of the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653.
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