Thanksgiving may just be the deadliest holiday for Americans, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System showed that there were 764 fatal car crashes on Thanksgiving in 2012. There were only 654 fatal crashes on Christmas that year. Drivers in Kentucky may be wondering what contributes to this spike in the mortality rate every holiday season.
While there are several causes of traffic deaths, most of them are preventable. The same data from the NHTSA showed that 40 percent of Thanksgiving fatalities were caused by drunk drivers, while 60 percent of victims were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. The agency advises drivers to plan ahead when heading out, take weather and road conditions into account and make sure their tires are properly inflated.
Heart attacks also contribute to the rise in deaths during the Thanksgiving season. While some may think this only holds true of colder climates, this is not the case. In Los Angeles County, for instance, deaths caused by coronary disease increase about 33 percent every winter, beginning with Thanksgiving. Increased food, salt and alcohol consumption, along with the stress that many feel during the holidays, are the main factors.
Those who incur a personal injury due to another driver’s negligence or recklessness may want to see a lawyer. Legal firms can assess any personal injury claim as long as the statute of limitations has not run out. If necessary, an attorney can bring in investigators and other third parties to build up cases.