Thanksgiving can be a hectic holiday since traveling to friends or relatives’ houses and going in and out of grocery stores may result in careless driving mistakes. While many have little difficulty driving during the holidays, others make errors that cause accidents. Careful drivers need to be aware of the reckless ones because Thanksgiving might be a surprisingly dangerous time to be on the road.
The dangers of Thanksgiving driving
One factor that makes Thanksgiving and other holidays dangerous for driving would be the number of people traveling. While people may spend a lot of time indoors enjoying dinner, doing so often requires several people to drive to the location. And there might be heavy activity on the days preceding and following Thanksgiving, as people go out shopping.
Heavy traffic, combined with distracted driving and moving violations, could result in accidents. Not every collision results in minor injuries or vehicle damage. The National Safety Council has a somber prediction for Thanksgiving 2021. The agency believes upwards of 515 people will lose their lives in fatal Thanksgiving crashes.
A driver not sure of an address may take eyes off the road and hit a pedestrian or another vehicle. Rushing to get somewhere might also lead to a regrettable event. And then there is the issue of drunk driving, a holiday problem.
Celebrations and alcohol
Thanksgiving turns into a four-day weekend for festive individuals. Holiday celebrations might involve the heavy consumption of alcohol, which could turn deadly when intoxication mixes with driving.
Trucking accidents could happen during the holiday weekend as well. Truck drivers may attempt to combine celebrations with work hours, and an impaired trucker might take to the road.
When someone’s negligence causes a collision, the person may face a civil suit. Intoxicated, distracted, fatigued, and reckless driving are among the causes of accidents.