MELVILLE, N.Y. – If you plan on traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, you won’t be alone. According to AAA, more than 48 million Americans will be leaving home for the Thanksgiving break, the most since 2007.
More people are carving out time to visit family and friends this year because the economy has improved, AAA says. Despites moderate increases in gas prices, drivers will have saved more than $28 billion at the pump this year compared to 2015.
It’s good news for travel agents but for safety advocates, the spike in road-trippers could result in dangerous consequences. A Long Island car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says Thanksgiving break is historically one of the most dangerous times to be on the road.
“Other holidays like New Year’s Eve or the 4th of July are often highlighted as ‘dangerous travel days’ but there are actually more car accidents in the days just before Thanksgiving in Long Island,” car accident attorney Ross Cellino said. “Fatal accidents tend to take a sharp jump on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving but we see a rise in the number of crashes throughout the break.”
In 2012 for example, Forbes reported there were more than 760 deadly car accidents over the Thanksgiving holiday, roughly 10-percent more than any other holiday. Based on federal statistics, the Long Island car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes estimate there were more than 50,000 non-fatal car crashes over the four-day holiday break last year.
With nearly 50 million people sharing the road, the traffic could give you a headache too. But safety advocates urge drivers to let the stress go if you plan on taking a road trip.
- Get Enough Sleep. It’s true that turkey can make you drowsy, so make sure the tryptophan has worn off before getting behind the wheel. In fact, one study found that staying awake too long has the same effect as driving drunk.
- Give Yourself Time. The turkey isn’t going to walk away, so slow down. Long Island car accident lawyers say planning is a crucial part of a safe road trip: people who plan their trips and know where they are going are less likely to be stressed out, less likely to speed, and less likely to exhibit road rage behavior.
- Don’t Drink & Drive. It’s common sense by now but it can’t be emphasized too much. Not only can driving under the influence result in hefty fines or jail time, it can cost a life. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that 40-percent of those killed in car crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday were either intoxicated or passengers, sitting next to a drunk driver.
In any situation, you may need a legal advocate if you’ve been injured in a car crash over Thanksgiving break. The Long Island car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have helped New Yorkers get over $1.5 billion in settlements and verdicts.
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, Cellino & Barnes has the resources and experience you need to get the best result possible. Call them today for a free consultation.
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