It's almost that time of year again. Residents throughout the state are gearing up for that big holiday feast of turkey and stuffing and are looking forward to spending quality time with friends and family members.
What most of us overlook during this time of the year are the risks for traffic accidents. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), there are going to be close to 500 people killed in car accidents during the 2012 Thanksgiving Day holiday period. This holiday period is defined as the time from 6:00 p.m. on November 21st through 11:59 on November 25th. NSC officials are also predicting that close to 50,000 people will be injured in car accidents during this time.
From 2009 to 2010 (the most recent years' statistics available), we saw an increase in the number of car accident fatalities. Our L.A. car accident lawyers are asking you to be safe out there regardless of what officials are predicting. This year, the prediction for the number of accident fatalities is much higher than previous years'.
According to recent studies from the NSC, seat belts can save your life over this holiday weekend. The most recent studies indicate that when seat belts are used, you're 45 percent less likely to die in the event of a car accident, according to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Officials with the NSC believe that close to 200 people will be saved over the holiday weekend because they were wearing their seat belt at the time of an accident. Officials believe that another 110 people could be saved if all motorists were to wear their seat belts during this time.
Over the last six Thanksgiving holiday weekends, the number of car accident deaths was close to 10 percent higher than during a similar non-holiday period.
Last year, there were 3.5 million Southern Californians who were expected to head out on a road trip over the Thanksgiving Day holiday period. Some say that even more will be heading out this year. With all of these people traveling at one time, Californian drivers can expect some crowded roadways and some traffic delays. All drivers are urged to proceed with caution.
"Be patient and attentive while traveling," said Joe Farrow, (CHP) Commissioner. "People are eager to see friends and loved ones, but it's important to get to your destination safely."
Thanksgiving Travel Tips:
-Make sure you get plenty of rest before heading out.
-Check your car before departure. Make sure it's in good-working order.
-Plan out you trip. Schedule in breaks and travel at the least congested times.
-Keep distractions away from the driver.
-Avoid drinking and driving or driving under the influence of any other kinds of drugs.
-Make sure that everyone in your vehicle is properly buckled in during each car ride.
-Remember that freeway shoulders are to be used only in an emergency.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact HOWARD LAW PC for a confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-872-5925 today!
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