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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.

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Texas car crash lawyer, Texas accident attorneyThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tells us that in the year 2015 alone, an estimated 13,941 lives were saved due to seat belt usage. The usage rate throughout the country further backs this statistic up: The latest reported national seat belt use rate sits impressively at 88.5 percent. Still, the United States Department of Transportation reports that an astounding number of drivers - around 27.5 million - neglect to buckle up when they get behind the wheel.

Making Your Seat Belt Work for You

If you are among the 88.5 percent of drivers across the nation who chooses to buckle up for safety, you can give yourself a pat on the back, as you are instantly safer than those 27.5 million drivers who do not. If you are wearing your belt incorrectly, though, you may actually be placing yourself at just as much risk for injury as those who neglect to wear their seat belt entirely. How can this be possible? Your belt is engineered and designed to protect you according to certain specifications, so when you wear it the wrong way, you are preventing the design from doing its job.

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