Thanksgiving is right around the corner! If your holiday plans include
travel, our Columbia car accident lawyers want to remind you to make safety
a priority when you're on the road. This year, the
AAA Auto Club is predicting the highest volume of Thanksgiving traffic since 2007: nationwide, an
estimated 46.3 million people will travel more than 50 miles from home
during the holiday weekend. With so many vehicles on the road, travelers
can expect to encounter congested highways, traffic jams, aggravated motorists,
and - importantly - an increased risk of car accidents.
However, it's not just the higher volume of traffic that makes this
weekend dangerous on our nation's roadways. Certain traditions associated
with holiday celebrations can also make
car accidents more likely - for example, you're more likely to encounter alcohol-impaired
drivers during holiday weekends. And turkey, that famous Thanksgiving
staple, contains high levels of tryptophan, which is known to make people
sleepy. This chemical is so effective that it is actually a main ingredient
in over the counter sleep medications. There's also another factor
at work here - it's not exactly a "Thanksgiving tradition"
but seems to occur regularly, and that is overeating. Combine the three
- overeating, turkey and alcohol - and you have one potentially dangerous driver.
Please stay alert on the roads this weekend. The
Missouri Highway Patrol will be out in full force, attempting to reduce the number of accidents
and fatalities. Officers will participate in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined
Accident Reduction Effort) during the four-day weekend, and, on November
26 and November 30, they will conduct a 20-Mile Trooper operation, with
troopers stationed at 20-mile intervals on Interstates 29, 44, 55 and
70 and U.S. Highways 60 and 61.
The Patrol considers the beginning of the Thanksgiving holiday to be Wednesday,
November 26, at 6:00 p.m. This is because most people who need to travel
long distances will be leaving after work on Wednesday. Motorists are
advised that rush hour traffic will be much heavier than usual, extending
far into the evening and probably into rural areas that usually don't
see traffic congestion at all. The weekend is officially considered over,
for the Highway Patrol's initiatives, at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 30.
There are two simple, yet extremely important things you can do to help
prevent Missouri auto accidents during Thanksgiving weekend: don't
speed, and don't drink and drive. In addition, please remember to
buckle up - and make sure all your passengers do, too. That way, if you
are involved in an unavoidable accident, your chances of being injured
or killed will be greatly minimized. Wearing a seat belt is the easiest,
most effective way to protect yourself from accident-related injuries.
Thanksgiving is meant to be a time for appreciating blessings and celebrating
with family. It is tragic when this holiday is marred by car accidents,
injuries or deaths. We greatly appreciate the Highway Patrol's ongoing
commitment to crash and fatality reduction throughout the year, and especially
during our nation's most traveled holidays.
Here at Aaron Sachs and Associates, we wish all of you a safe, happy and
healthy Thanksgiving. If you do need legal assistance after an accident,
we are available to help you. Please call us, toll free, to schedule a
no-cost initial consultation with one of our injury lawyers. You can reach
us toll-free at 1-888-777-AUTO, or you can
contact us online.
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