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U.S. traffic fatalities increase over Thanksgiving

North Carolina motorists should be especially careful when driving around Thanksgiving. Studies show that U.S. traffic deaths increase in the days surrounding the annual feast, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that no other holiday leads to more fatal car accidents.

Federal statistics show that there were more than 50,000 car crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2012. Of those, 764 involved a fatality. Meanwhile, there were 654 fatal accidents reported around Christmas the same year. According to the NHTSA, many of those deaths were linked to human error and could have been prevented. For example, 60 percent of the people killed during Thanksgiving 2012 were not wearing seat belts. Meanwhile, 40 percent of those killed were involved in collisions with impaired drivers.

In order to have a safe Thanksgiving holiday, the NHTSA recommends that drivers make sure that their tires are properly inflated and their windshield wipers are in good shape. The agency also stresses that drivers should allow sufficient time to reach their destinations without speeding. Of course, people should should never drink and drive.

Everyone wants to have a safe and pleasant Thanksgiving, but, as this report shows, serious accidents tend to spike during the holiday. When people are injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver, they may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages. By using accident investigation reports, witness testimony, toxicology results and other evidence, an attorney could pinpoint the party who should bear financial responsibility for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other applicable amounts.

Source: Forbes, "The U.S. Death Rate Spikes On Thanksgiving. Here's Why.", Dan Diamond, Nov. 26, 2014

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