Why Do Auto Collision Rates Increase on Thanksgiving?

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Thanksgiving is a holiday that celebrates the blessings that you have been granted over the past year. So during this time of gratitude, it is nothing less than devastating if it is ruined by your involvement in an auto collision. Unfortunately, auto collisions are notoriously known for occurring more frequently during holiday weekends such as this one. Continue reading to learn why auto collision rates might increase on Thanksgiving weekend and how an experienced Houston, Texas car accident lawyer at White Personal Injury can help if you happen to get involved in one.

Why might auto collision rates increase on Thanksgiving weekend?

Unfortunately, the National Safety Council estimates that 507 individuals may die in auto collisions this Thanksgiving weekend. With this holiday comes external factors that may contribute to this increased rate of auto collisions.

For example, you must anticipate heavy traffic on Thanksgiving weekend. This is because many individuals are traveling to celebrate with their families or to vacation destinations, among other things. In turn, there may be more instances of road rage or otherwise aggressive driving. That is, drivers may grow frustrated as they sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic; so they may be more inclined to tailgate, speed, or even make illegal maneuvers to hastily get out of such traffic jams. What’s more, drivers may be more tempted to scroll through their phones while they are at a standstill; this creates a great distraction.

In addition, you must prepare to see more drunk drivers on the road. This is because this holiday’s celebrations usually entail alcohol consumption. So, unfortunately, drivers neglect to use third-party car services (i.e., Uber or Lyft) or even public transportation even after they have been heavily drinking.

In a similar sense, there is a higher rate of drowsy drivers on the road, since many individuals travel from far and wide to visit their families. With this, drivers may not take the necessary breaks during their travel. Or, they may feel the effects of grogginess even more so after consuming a large meal.

What damages may I attempt to recover after my auto collision?

No matter what external factor may have contributed to your auto collision this Thanksgiving weekend, you may have incurred serious injuries and damages. Your best bet for recuperating from this devastating event may be to file a claim against the negligent driver who caused it. In your claim, you may attempt to recover any of the following damages that apply:

  • Your medical expenses.
  • Your car repair expenses.
  • Your lost wages.
  • Your pain and suffering.
  • Your loss of consortium.
  • Your diminished quality of life.

Evidently, establishing fault and calculating these damages is no easy feat. So for your personal injury claim proceedings, please consider contacting a skilled Houston, Texas auto accident lawyer. Our team at White Personal Injury is ready and willing to assist you.

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