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Drivers Should Take Driving Precautions Over Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 26, 2014 in Car Accidents

Over the course of the next couple of days people around the nation will take to the roads to visit friends and family over the Thanksgiving holiday. Some people will travel great distances via airplane and train while others will take to the roads in their automobiles. Whether those in their cars stay near home or spend a long time on the road, during certain times over the course of the long weekend, the risks associated with a car accident occurring will increase. This is at least in part due to the consumption of alcohol by individuals before getting behind the wheel.

Statistics support this. In 2012, during this weekend, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that a total of 416 motorists lost their lives in traffic accidents. Of those individuals, 42 percent involved a driver with a blood alcohol content of at least .08.

During the course of the holiday weekend most people will attend at least one social gathering. It is possible that in addition to food, alcohol will be served as well. While the entire weekend could provide an opportunity for this behavior to take place, Thanksgiving Eve has become particularly popular for gatherings such as these. It is possible that some people celebrating with friends will end up driving drunk and cause a car accident.

Losing a loved one over a weekend that is meant to focus on the good things in life is not something anyone wants to experience. Should that tragically occur, it may make sense for those left behind to contact a personal injury lawyer to file a wrongful death lawsuit.