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Busy Roads and Festivities Increase Risk for Accidents This Thanksgiving Week

Over the weekend, The Herald-Times posted a timely article about Thanksgiving traffic. It is reported that this year, there will be a significant increase in people travelling for the holidays. An AAA study forecasts that over 42.5 million people will go more than 50 miles from home, up four percent from last Thanksgiving.

The state of Illinois will have close to 2.2 million people traveling this year by car alone. Although gas prices are still expensive, the article reports that because of the current economic situation, more people this year are stressing the importance of family holidays. The survey also shows that 90 percent of all holiday travelers are travelling by car this Thanksgiving to visit their friends and family.

With an increase in traffic comes an increased risk for car accidents, so our Chicago car crash attorneys thought it would be beneficial to remind readers about safe driving habits. As we know from experience, a large Thanksgiving meal can make you tired or drowsy, especially if you have had a few drinks. With this being said, there is an increased risk for accidents caused by drowsy and intoxicated drivers around Thanksgiving. Driving while overly tired or drunk is not only dangerous for the driver and his or her passengers, but also for others on the road this upcoming weekend.

Should you find yourself drowsy when driving home from a Thanksgiving meal, make sure to pull over before you end up falling asleep on the road. Either find a rest area and take a nap. It is also important to avoid drunk driving at all costs. In addition to drinking alcohol at family dinners, many people overindulge the night before Thanksgiving, as visitors pack bars to visit with old friends. At holiday parties, many people participate in festive drinking, which increases the amount of drunk drivers on the road. If you have had a few drinks at a holiday party, do not drive home. Instead, have a friend or family member drive you home, and if they can’t, call a taxicab. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a poor choice that is completely unnecessary and avoidable. Do not let your holiday end in tragedy. If you plan to travel, consider these safety tips ahead of time and plan accordingly in order to avoid a serious accident or injury. We hope that our readers will have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.