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Thanksgiving weekend one of year's deadliest on the road

Across the country, millions of Americans will hit the road for the Thanksgiving weekend. Unfortunately, the increase in drivers also means an increase in car accidents. If you are injured by another driver in a car accident, contact a car accident personal injury attorney as soon as possible to protect your claim.

USA Today cited a University of Alabama study which found that between 2005 and 2010, there were 50 more fatalities during the Thanksgiving week when compared to the average of every other week per year. Per the NHTSA, 431 people died in car crashes on Thanksgiving Day 2010. Studies show that the uptick in accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday can be attributed to the increase in drunk drivers on the road.

According to AAA, 67% of all fatal accidents during the Thanksgiving weekend occur in rural areas where people are less likely to wear their seatbelts. Additionally, it generally takes longer for emergency personnel to reach a car crash victim in more remote locations, costing the victim precious minutes he or she may not have.

If you do happen to be involved in a car accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. Your attorney will be able to find out if the at-fault driver was drunk or distracted, which can force the insurance company to accept responsibility and properly compensate you for your injuries. Insurance companies are likely to compensate you better if your attorney secures evidence that the at-fault driver was overly negligent.

During this holiday season, remember to wear your seatbelt and drive carefully.

The Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continues to handle all types of car, motorcycle and truck accident cases along with wrongful death and other personal injury cases for clients in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will, and Kendall Counties, including Chicago, Wheaton, Joliet, Geneva and the entire of the Chicagoland area.

  1. "Committed To My Cause"

    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
    -Jeff D.

  2. "Could not have made a better choice"

    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
    - Dave

  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
    -Jennifer

  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

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