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Statistics show greater risk of car accidents during Thanksgiving

Although the holiday season is supposed to be a time of happiness, celebration, and spending time with friends and family, it is not immune from tragedy. Car accidents are one of the most frequent causes of tragedy during the holiday season, especially because it is during this season that many people are traveling on the roadways to visit friends or families.

A recent report from Progressive Corporation, a major insurance company, reveals that the likelihood of being involved in a car crash increases for drivers who are traveling by automobile during Thanksgiving. Due the number of accidents that occur between 8:00 pm on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and 3:00 am on Thanksgiving day-a 17% increase over other times-the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is known as "Black Wednesday." The study specifically noted increases in parking and rear-end accidents and revealed that North Carolina, along with a few other states, have shown a greater risk of accidents since 2011.

It seems to be common knowledge that many car accidents are completely unexpected, caused by a drunk driver, a reckless driver, or a distracted driver. While careful attention to driving and defensive driving can help avoid accidents, some accidents occur so quickly that they are simply unavoidable. Accidents can occur on all types of roadways and in many different ways. Even a crash that initially seems minor may have significant events on a person down the road.

The consequences of a serious car accident can be far-reaching, affecting a victim's life, or surviving family members' lives, forever. After a car accident, many victims and their families have immediate needs like medical care and replacement of lost income while an injured person is recovering and unable to work. Although insurance is designed to protect people after accidents, the settlement offered is sometimes insufficient. Filing a personal injury lawsuit can enable victims and their family members to seek compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

Source:, "Research: Car accidents increase near Thanksgiving," Stephanie Garland, Nov. 25, 2013

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