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.
Daylight saving time ended in Louisiana and around the country on Nov.5. This means that motorists will now be making their afternoon commutes as darkness descends. Accident rates tend to be higher during the early evening, and this is particularly true in November when drivers are getting used to fewer daylight hours and wildlife is especially active. The Colorado Department of Transportation reports that wildlife collisions surge each November, but there are steps that drivers can take to protect both animals and other motorists.
Car accidents in Louisiana are often one of life's most frightening and stressful situations. It is important for you to learn how to handle the aftermath of a car accident just in case you are ever involved in one.
If you had to guess, would you say that car accidents are becoming more common or less common? Logic would dictate that, as we advance as people and as technology gets better, we would see less accidents. We should improve as time goes on, not get worse. However, new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that this thinking isn't always right -- and it certainly doesn't apply to car accidents, at least not recently.