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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thanksgiving Crowded, Dangerous Time to Drive

According to USA Today, it’s time to “Pack up the pumpkin pie, and give thanks to the economy.”  And many of us are doing just that, as one million more Americans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving than last year – making one of the busiest times on our roads even more congested.  In fact, two destinations in Florida (Orlando and Fort Lauderdale) are ranked amongst the top 10 destinations in the country, which means many families will be traveling south on interstate 75 south of Atlanta over the holiday. 

A personal injury attorneys located south of Atlanta, we urge motorists to plan and drive carefully this Thanksgiving week, as it’s traditionally the most crowded and dangerous time on our roads.  According to the NHTSA, there were 764 crashes involving a fatality and nearly 50,000 non-fatal car accidents over the Thanksgiving holiday in recent history. 

Most car accidents that result in injuries - and even fatalities - can be prevented.   Drivers can take these steps to reduce risk of an accident this holiday season:

  • Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, including breaks during longer drives. 
  • Reduce distractions inside the vehicle.  Designate a passenger to check maps or messages to the driver can remain focused.
  • Check tires for proper inflation, as tire failures at high speeds are especially dangerous. 

Traffic and medical experts around the country are urging people to keep safety top of mind this highly-traveled holiday season. 

“This is the most traveled holiday of the year, and as usual, there is an emphasis on road trips,” stated Joseph J. Richardson Jr., President and CEO of AAA in a press release issued by the auto club. “If you are one of the 43.5 million people on the road, we urge you to be patient in traffic and limit distractions while behind the wheel.”

Dr. Corey Slovis, chairman of emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center was quoted in USNews as saying.” People are making mistakes because the roads are crowded, or they're not paying attention, or they had one extra glass of wine.”

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, we’re here to help.  Contact us today at 770-389-4864 for a free consultation.

 

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