According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Louisianans need to be mindful of the increased risk of motor vehicle accidents over Thanksgiving weekend. Across the nation, there is a spike in traffic fatalities on Thanksgiving, making it possibly the deadliest holiday of the year.
The NHTSA reports that there were 764 fatal accidents and 50,000 nonfatal accidents on Thanksgiving in 2012. Forty percent of passengers who were killed were involved in accidents caused by drunk drivers. Sixty percent were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the collisions.
According to the NHTSA, wintry weather conditions also lead to traffic accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It advises motorists to check their vehicles to make certain that their tires are in good condition and are properly inflated. Drivers should also make certain that their windshield wipers are in good working order. It is also important for people to wear their seatbelts, follow all traffic laws and speed limits and avoid drinking and driving. It is important that people allow themselves plenty of time to reach their destinations in order to arrive safely.
People who suffer injuries in accidents that are caused by negligent drivers might want to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit. Through these civil actions, injured plaintiffs may seek to recover damages so that they may be compensated for the losses that they have suffered from the accidents. A personal injury attorney may assess the facts of a case in order to explain what a person might expect with a lawsuit. If the lawyer agrees to accept the case, he or she may work to secure the maximum possible recovery amount so that his or her client may be fairly compensated. This may help an injured plaintiff to recover more than he or she might otherwise be able to on his or her own.