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Turkey Day survey indicates more travelers, accidents this year


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 19, 2012 in Car Accidents

For those Connecticut drivers who have plans to head out of town to visit friends or family this week, you will certainly not be alone. In fact, according to the annual travel survey conducted by auto club AAA, there will be over 39 million drivers on the road between Nov. 21 and Nov. 25 this year.

This is the fourth year in a row that the number of holiday travelers has increased, and with this increase comes more dangers on the road. Folks across the state should take extra care when heading out to visit loved ones this week because there may be more drunk, reckless or drowsy people on the Interstates as well and may cause more car accidents.

Holidays can be stressful for many families, and people deal with this stress in many ways that can put others in danger. People may be drinking more or staying out later than they would during non-holiday weekends, especially when many people have four days off from work this weekend. When people who have been up too late or have had too much to drink, too many of them make the decision to get behind the wheel and head home. This careless and irresponsible decision puts all other drivers and passengers at risk of getting hurt by these drunk or drowsy drivers.

Additionally, many people are juggling numerous events, tasks and family members during this time. Their minds are wandering and they may be so distracted with other things that the last thing they are paying attention to is their driving. Rather than stopping to deal with a potential distraction, negligent drivers assume they can do multiple things at once, which is not true.

These factors all contribute to the increased dangers that innocent drivers will be faced with this Thanksgiving. When people are hurt or killed in an accident with a reckless or negligent driver, the victims have the right to recover financial compensation for the liable party. Injuries can vary widely after a crash, from back pain to traumatic brain injuries, and the monetary damages can be substantial so it can be very important for victims to speak with an attorney.

Source: ctpost.com, "More Thanksgiving road trips expected," Nov. 18, 2012