It is dangerous to drive on the road during any holiday, and some more than others. Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, it’s smart to get informed on dangerous driving trends surrounding this holiday.
Is It More Dangerous to Drive on Thanksgiving Compared to Other Holidays?
The National Safety Council (NSC) compares traffic fatalities of holiday weekends year over year. The main holidays they examine are New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
While holiday traffic fatalities have decreased overall since 1995, certain holidays remain dangerous for driving. In general, the most dangerous holidays for driving are listed below, in order of most traffic fatalities to least:
- Independence Day
- Memorial Day
- Labor Day
- New Year’s Day
Although Thanksgiving is lower on this list, it does not negate the fact that the holiday is still the fifth-most dangerous for driving out of all holidays in a calendar year.
Additionally, we must also consider the proportion of traffic fatalities that happens on Thanksgiving as opposed to other days in November. According to the NSC, approximately 12% of November traffic fatalities occur on Thanksgiving. That is significant, considering that Thanksgiving is only one day out of November’s 30 days.
In order to keep yourself safe this Thanksgiving, do not drive while intoxicated or distracted. Try to avoid driving home in severe weather conditions. However, just because you take these precautions does not mean that other drivers will too.
If you or someone you love gets injured in a car accident, our team at Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. can help you recover the compensation you need for medical bills and lost wages. We have a strong track record of success in doing so, and we’re here to help you through this difficult time.
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