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.