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Traffic fatalities high on Thanksgiving Day

The deadliest holiday of the year for California drivers and motorists throughout the country is Thanksgiving. Experts chalk this up to a number of reasons, including weather and people speeding to their destination. More fatal accidents happen on Thanksgiving Day than Christmas Day. In 2012, there were 654 fatal car accidents on Christmas but 764 on Thanksgiving. Furthermore, there were about 50,000 car accidents on Thanksgiving Day in 2012 in which no one died.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made a number of suggestions aimed at keeping motorists and their passengers safer during this time. They have urged drivers to make sure there is enough air in their tires and that their windshield wipers are in good working order. They also suggest that drivers look at the weather and calculate how long it will take them to reach their destination.

Many of the fatalities are preventable. In 2012, drunk driving was a factor in around 40 percent of Thanksgiving Day fatal accidents. Of passengers who died that same day, 60 percent were not wearing seat belts.

A motor vehicle accident on a holiday or any other day of the year can be devastating. A person may be left with life-threatening injuries, and medical costs may mount rapidly while the person might be unable to return to work temporarily or even permanently. Insurance companies might dispute who is responsible for the accident, or they may pay out only a fraction of a person's expenses even if another driver is deemed responsible. An injured person might want to contact an attorney to discuss their options. One possibility might be filing a lawsuit. Even if the driver has not been charged with or convicted of anything criminal in connection with the accident, a civil lawsuit may still proceed and might be successful.

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