Thanksgiving Day deadly for drivers, passengers

Drivers in the New York City metro area and throughout the country should practice extra caution on Thanksgiving Day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More people die in fatal car accidents on Thanksgiving than on any other holiday. On Thanksgiving Day in 2012, there were 50,000 motor vehicle accidents with no fatalities and 764 in which there were fatalities. This compares to 654 fatalities from car accidents on Christmas Day in 2012.

In fact, Thanksgiving is the deadliest holiday of all. The other leading cause of death on this day is heart attacks. This may be attributable to the stress of the holiday and the overconsumption of food, salt and alcohol.

Experts believe that a number of factors increase the likelihood of motor vehicle accidents on the holiday, including people driving too fast and the weather. The NHTSA has urged people to plan ahead for Thanksgiving Day in hopes of reducing the likelihood of accidents and fatalities. People should check their tires and windshield wipers and look at weather reports. They should leave in plenty of time to reach their destination. They should also wear their seat belts and avoid drinking and driving. In 2012, people were not wearing seat belts in 60 percent of fatal accidents. In 40 percent of the fatal accidents, drunk driving was involved.

A motor vehicle accident can result in devastating injuries, and the injured person may be dealing with medical costs, the costs of repairing or replacing their vehicle, and the costs of lost wages from missing work. Insurance companies do not always cover these costs adequately. They might even dispute the injured person's account of how the accident occurred. However, the injured person might want to file a lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident. If the lawsuit is successful, compensation might cover the costs that insurance does not.

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