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TX accident lawyerThis Thanksgiving may look different from past years, with many people taking extra precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, those who choose to travel to spend time with their families will likely still be contending with the increased risk of car accidents that holiday weekend traffic tends to bring. As you prepare to travel, you should take care to drive safely, and know what you can do if you are injured in an accident.

Car Crash Statistics on Thanksgiving Weekend

Multiple sources report that Thanksgiving weekend comes with an increased risk of fatal accidents, with hundreds of fatalities occurring each year nationwide. Part of the reason for this is the higher number of people traveling longer distances to spend time with family. Alcohol is also a contributing factor when people take to the road after a Thanksgiving celebration, and depending on the year and the location, inclement weather can also lead to dangerous driving conditions.

Thanksgiving accidents also tend to be concentrated on major interstate highways. I-10 and I-35, which both pass directly through San Antonio, are typically some of the most dangerous. If your travel plans require you to take one of these roads, you should be especially cautious.

holiday driving safetyAccording to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the day before the Thanksgiving is the most traveled day during the extended holiday weekend. An increased number of drivers on the road has the potential of more car accidents and fatalities. For Texans planning holiday travel for Thanksgiving, it is best to keep these safety tips in mind:
  • plan your route carefully;
  • prepare for your trip to anticipate any delays; and
  • allow plenty of driving time to reach your destination.
Drivers can benefit from a website sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), DriveTexas.org, which serves as a valuable trip-planning resource. The website provides information including:
  • lane closures;
  • accident location alerts;
  • road conditions;
  • traffic flow/congestion; and
  • rest stop locations.
In previous years, AAA predicted three million drivers expected to be on the road for the Thanksgiving holiday. With the increased number of motorists, extra precaution should be exercised and safety tips followed. Keep in mind that weather conditions can also affect travel and traffic and should be planned for accordingly. Highway safety guidelines all drivers should follow are:
  • be well rested and alert;
  • do not text (or use your mobile device) and drive;
  • make frequent stops during long trips to avoid fatigue;
  • designate a driver if you plan on drinking;
  • carry a disaster supplies kit in the trunk; and
  • do not allow the gas tank to get too low.
These safety reminders may seem like common sense, but are often overlooked when on the road. TxDOT reported over 65,000 serious injury crashes across the state last year with one reportable crash occurring every 71 seconds. Car accidents occur unexpectedly even when practicing traffic safety. It is better to err on the side of caution in order to celebrate a safe holiday weekend. If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision in Texas, contact a New Braunfels auto accident attorney today.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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