Thanksgiving is a time of celebration. Families across the United States will gather to eat delicious food and reflect on all they are thankful for. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of traffic, among other reasons, car accidents are more common on Thanksgiving Day than on most other days. Please continue reading and reach out to a competent Bronx car accident attorney from the Law Office of Richard M. Kenny to learn more about Thanksgiving Day car accidents and how our legal team can help if you’re injured in an accident due to no fault of your own. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How common are Thanksgiving Day car accidents?
Car accidents are exceedingly common on Thanksgiving. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, 496 people died on Thanksgiving Day while on the road in 2020 alone. This is a staggering number, and, unfortunately, in years past, this number was even higher.
What are the most common causes of these accidents?
As you likely know, Thanksgiving is one of the most common “drinking” holidays of the year. Of course, there is nothing wrong with having a couple of drinks with friends and family members, however, the problem starts when some of these people make the very poor decision to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after imbibing. For this reason, drunk driving is the number one cause of car accidents on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the Thanksgiving Weekend. That said, the sheer volume of traffic is also a factor, as motorists frequently tailgate one another and are often in bumper-to-bumper traffic. All it takes is for a driver to look down at their phone for a split second to rear-end the driver in front of them in such traffic.
Other types of negligence also contribute to car accidents on Thanksgiving, including driving while fatigued, driving while distracted, unsafe lane changes, speeding, and more.
What should I do if I’m involved in one?
If you’re injured in a car accident this Thanksgiving, the most important thing you can do is call the police and get immediate medical treatment. If you can, you should also try and document the scene of the accident to the best of your ability. Finally, if you’re hurt in a car accident caused by the negligence of another, you should ensure you retain the services of a seasoned New York City personal injury lawyer who can help you recover the compensation you need to heal.
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