Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, which means there will be an increase of drivers on the road, as well as an increase in car accidents. It is estimated that over 43,000,000 people across the United States are planning to travel for Thanksgiving. If you or someone you know is planning on traveling this Thanksgiving holiday, there are a few things you can do to stay safe.
Top Causes of Thanksgiving Accidents
The following are a few of the top causes of Thanksgiving accidents:
- Traffic congestion. More cars on the road increase the chances of an accident occurring. Traffic congestion can also cause road rage in drivers, which further increases the chances of a car accident.
- Driving in poor weather conditions. Driving in snow, rain, or icy conditions can increase your chances of an accident. If possible, try to leave after conditions subside. If you must drive in dangerous road conditions, avoid rushing.
- Driving in unfamiliar places. Driving in unfamiliar places can increase the risk of a car crash.
- Drinking while driving. Alcohol sales increase during the holidays, and Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous holidays for drunk driving accidents.
- Driving long distances. Driving long distances can cause fatigue, which may increase your risk of a car accident.
Tips to Stay Safe This Thanksgiving Holiday
- Do not drive distracted. Distractions include using a cell phone, listening to loud music, talking to passengers, and operating a GPS. It is important to focus on the road ahead of you. Texting while driving is the number one distraction related to fatal crashes.
- Do not rush. If possible, try to leave early to make it to your destination on time. It is in your best interest to drive at the posted speed limit to avoid injuring yourself and others.
- Take frequent breaks. It is important to stay alert when driving. Operating a moving car when drowsy can lead to dangerous consequences. If you are driving for hours at a time and begin to feel drowsy, pull over to the side of the road.
- Have an emergency kit in your vehicle. Emergency kits should contain a flashlight, blankets, batteries, bottled water, and non-perishable food items.
- Make sure your car has enough gas. This will decrease your chances of being stranded on the side of the road. Be sure to also keep an eye on your tank gauge throughout your trip.
Our Virginia Beach Car Accident Lawyers Represent Victims Injured in All Types of Car Accidents
If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident, contact a Virginia Beach car accident lawyer today. At East Coast Trial Lawyers, we will fight tirelessly to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 757-352-2237. Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we proudly serve clients throughout Chesapeake, Eastern Shores, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, as well as North Carolina and nationwide.