Thanksgiving is surpassed only by Easter or Spring break for tragic accidents. The Black Friday shopping frenzy contributes to the record number of traffic accidents in North Carolina over the four-day holiday weekend. The American Automotive Association expects 1.4 million travelers on the North Carolina highways and 670,000 travelers on South Carolina roads over the four-day 2016 Thanksgiving holiday.
The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the deadliest times of the year and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers reminds all of us not to drive drunk, not to use cell phones or text while driving, especially in slow moving construction areas where traffic patterns shift unexpectedly. While MADD works to eliminate violent drunk driving, 10,000 lives were lost to drunk drivers in 2015. If you yourself become an accident victim over the thanksgiving holiday, you need a car accident lawyer to help you get the medical care you need and recover monetary damages for pain, suffering, lost wages, and property damage.
Traffic accidents may be traumatic, especially if a loved-one or head of household died in the accident. In cases of wrongful death or severe or life-threatening injuries, you need a car accident lawyer to determine the extent of your loss and to calculate the minimum amount of money necessary to compensate you for:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitative care
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Emotional distress
Drunk drivers cause 33 to 39% of their fatal accidents the day before Thanksgiving or the Day before Christmas: 973 people were killed by drunk drivers in the United States during 2015 from the Thanksgiving holiday to New Year’s Day. A car accident lawyer, a personal injury attorney, can comfort you and try to help you adjust to your loss. A good personal injury attorney can help you get the benefits you need from:
- Social security
- Workman’s compensation
- Supplementary insurance
Prepare yourself adequately for the holiday season to avoid becoming a statistic. Repeat offenders cause one-third of the damage, injuries, and alcohol-related deaths, during the holiday season. Realize we share the freeways with 2 million drivers with prior DUI convictions. Someone will die every 53 minutes in a collision with a drunk driver in the United States during the holiday season. Travel and shop sensibly, but car accident lawyers will be available if you need them