Thanksgiving break is a time when most families and friends travel to different cities and states to spend time with their loved ones. While the festivities and large dinners are exciting and delicious, commuting from point A to point B is never the best part due to hectic traffic conditions.
Because of this high volume of traffic, many accidents occur during this time of year. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that in 2012, 764 car crashes occurred on Thanksgiving alone, making it the deadliest holiday of them all.
To keep you and your family safe during this year’s Thanksgiving travels, consider the three safety tips we have listed below:
1. Don’t Drive When Sleepy
Driving while fatigued is extremely dangerous. While you might not fall asleep at the wheel, your mind may not be fully alert, which may not allow you to make the appropriate driving maneuvers when necessary. If you plan to travel during late hours to avoid heavy traffic and begin to feel sleepy, pull over into a safe area and take a brief nap before driving again.
2. Avoid the Hours with Most Traffic Congestion
Driving during busy hours may not seem dangerous due to the slower movement of vehicles; however, many patients grow impatient and weave in and out traffic in hopes of reaching their destinations faster. These reckless drivers pose serious dangers to all drivers sharing the road. As a result, it is best to travel during times when traffic is not as congested.
3. Make Sure Your Passengers are Wearing Their Seatbelts Correctly
Oftentimes, passengers grow restless during long car rides. In many cases, restless passengers will move their seatbelt to improper positions. However, in the course of a car accident, a person who is wearing their seatbelt inappropriately can face severe injuries. During your Thanksgiving car ride, ensure all passengers are wearing their seatbelt properly for the entire duration of the drive.
Have You Been Involved in a Car Accident?
If you have sustained injuries as the result of a car accident at any time, including Thanksgiving weekend, our Houston car accident lawyers at Stern Law Group can provide relentless representation. When you become our client, we can examine your case and determine who should be held responsible for you injuries.
Contact our team without delay. Our Houston car accident attorneys are ready to take your call.