The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the deadliest in the nation due to drunk driving and the sheer number of cars on the road. Many people travel to be with their families on Thanksgiving, mostly by car. The increased number of cars on the road plus the prevalence of drinking and driving is a recipe for tragedy.
If you are seriously injured after being hit by a drunk driver, please call personal injury lawyer Humberto Izquierdo, Jr., PC at 770-888-8901 as soon as possible for your complimentary consultation. We are dedicated to helping victims of car accidents get the justice and compensation they need and deserve.
Car Accidents Spike Over Thanksgiving Holidays
While you might think that New Year’s Eve would be the holiday that sees the most drunk driving accidents, in fact it’s Thanksgiving. Drunk driving is not the only reason that Thanksgiving is the deadliest holiday on the roads, though. Other causes of car accidents over the Thanksgiving holidays include:
- Increased number of cars on the road
- Speeding as people try to make it to their family events on time
- Distracted driving as people are checking maps, calling and texting family members, and more
- Drowsy driving as people are traveling long distances, often at night or early morning
- Bad weather conditions
If you are planning to drive home for Thanksgiving, make sure that you are alert and aware. Try to avoid driving late at night, when people are leaving their bars, parties, and family events. If you know that you are going to be drinking, plan to call a taxi or ride share service, or have a designated driver. Make these plans early in the evening, so that you are not tempted to get in your car and drive after a night of drinking.
If the weather is bad, leave yourself enough time to drive safely and pull over if needed. If it’s snowing heavily or there is a travel advisory, try to avoid driving at all. Your family would rather you miss one event than risk your life trying to drive in severe conditions.
What to Do if You Are in a Car Accident Over Thanksgiving
Even if you do everything right and practice the safest driving habits, tragedy can still strike if you are hit by a drunk or distracted driver. If you are injured in a car accident over Thanksgiving, first and foremost you should see a doctor, if you weren’t taken to the hospital immediately. It may seem like a hassle to visit a doctor over Thanksgiving weekend, but it is extremely important that you get checked out as soon as possible.
Next, you should call the Law Offices of Humberto Izquierdo. If you were hit by a drunk or distracted driver, chances are you will receive an offer of a settlement from their insurance company. However, you should have a lawyer review this offer, as often insurance companies will try to offer you the lowest possible amount rather than what your injuries are actually worth.
If the unthinkable happens and a loved one is killed in a car accident, we can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit.
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If you were injured in a car accident, don't hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Humberto Izquierdo today at 770-888-8901 to schedule your complimentary consultation. We serve clients in Marietta, Cumming, and Atlanta, Georgia.