The Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend will be attracting drivers to roadways across the country and increasing risks of car accidents in Alabama and elsewhere. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nearly 43 million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles for their Thanksgiving Day destination, despite higher gas prices.
Only about 41 million Americans traveled last year, when gas prices averaged $2.88 a gallon. This year, prices sit at about $3.39 a gallon. We’re expected to see a four percent increase in the number of travelers from the previous year.
Other holiday periods throughout 2011 haven’t been as active on our roadways. Many credit the economy for the minimal travel. Memorial Day travel remained about the same from the previous year while travel during Labor Day and Independence Day actually decreased. AAA believes that travelers initially stayed home to save money, but are brushing off their financial concerns for the Thanksgiving Day holiday and are hitting the roadways for a much needed vacation.
Our Montgomery car accident attorneys understand that the end of the year brings about a number of road trips and vacations for families across the country. This increase in travel brings increased risks of serious accidents on our roadways. Travelers are urged to venture out with a plan and with the proper tools to help ensure a safe trip. All drivers should have their car checked out before make a trip and should also carry the necessary equipment to deal with a driving problem, including a car problem, a navigation problem or an accident.
“Driving AAA’s projected increase in the number of Thanksgiving travelers is pent-up demand from Americans who may have foregone holiday travel the last three years,” said Bill Sutherland, vice president of AAA Travel Services.
Most travelers will be getting around in a motor vehicle over the holiday period. Air travel is expected to decrease, according to Air Transport Association of America, while AAA expects a 2 percent increase.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the Thanksgiving holiday kicks off on November 23rd at 6:00 p.m. and ends on November 27th at 11:59 p.m. The NSC estimates that more than 430 people will die on our roadways during this year’s holiday period. It also estimates that about 43,400 people will be injured and will seek medical assistance during this time.
The average number of the deaths experienced over the last six years of the Thanksgiving Day holiday was more than 10 percent higher than the average for similar non-holiday periods.
NSC Fatality Estimates/Actual for recent Thanksgiving Day holidays:
The NSC urged drivers to slow down and buckle up. Seat belts can increase your odds of surviving an accident by 45 percent. Seats belt are expected to save at least 150 lives through the weekend.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a Montgomery car accident , contact the personal injury lawyers at Allred & Allred P.C. for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 334.396.9200 to speak with an experienced car accident attorney today.
Crowded highways expected for Thanksgiving, by Aaron Smith, CNN
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