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Traffic accidents surge each year on Thanksgiving

Many Louisiana residents look forward to Thanksgiving gatherings with great anticipation, but government crash data suggests that they should take great care if they plan on traveling by road to reach them. More fatal traffic accidents take place during the Thanksgiving long weekend than during any other public holiday according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, but there are steps that motorists can take to reduce their chances of being involved in a crash.

It is a busy travel period, and more cars, trucks and SUVs on the road will generally result in more accidents. The dangers of traffic congestion are magnified on Thanksgiving because many motorists are driving on unfamiliar roads or are making their way home after consuming alcohol. About 40 percent of the road users killed during the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday lost their lives in a crash involving a drunk driver according to the NHTSA.

Before setting out on a Thanksgiving journey, road safety advocates advise drivers to prepare for inclement weather by checking their tire pressures, brakes and windshield wipers. They should also ensure that their passengers keep their seat belts fastened at all times as government car accident data reveals that most of those killed in Thanksgiving crashes are unrestrained.

Drunk and distracted drivers often perish in the accidents they cause, and those who survive face decades in prison if they have killed others or caused catastrophic injuries. When negligent motorists lose their lives or are incarcerated, experienced personal injury attorneys may still be able to pursue lawsuits on behalf of accident victims. In these situations, attorneys could initiate litigation against the estates or car insurance providers of the deceased reckless motorists involved.

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