More Fatal Car Crashes on Thanksgiving Day: Advice That Could Save Your Life (Sam Spital)
COMMENTARY BY SAN DIEGO CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY SAM SPITAL:
“On November 21, 2012, ABC News online reported the most recent survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration disclosed that Thanksgiving was the most deadliest holiday in 2010 with 431 fatalities in the United States, only to be followed by 403 fatal accidents on Labor Day, 392 on July 4th and 259 on Christmas.
Analysts confirm that the most deadly accidents occur late at night when drivers are able to drive faster, alcohol usage is often higher and impaired drivers have a much slower reaction time. On holidays, drivers are distracted if there are more occupants in the car. Moreover, these factors are often enhanced when there are family members in the vehicle due to the drama that takes place in traveling longer distances during holiday times. There also is a sharp contrast in the numbers of vehicular accidents during the day when the roads are more congested, vehicles travel at lower speeds and, therefore, the collisions are relatively minor compared to both late at night accidents and those in the early morning hours that occur at high speeds on less crowded roads.”
SAN DIEGO CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY SAM SPITAL