For many, Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving- could and should easily be considered another national holiday. Most people take the entire day off to flood stores and shopping malls- in search of holiday bargains. Some even camp out the night before, just to be the first to rush to a Walmart to get the best deals on appliances and big screen televisions. I’ve seen the chaos on the nightly news, and to me, it looks like a circus; but recent research conducted by Progressive, the auto insurer- suggests that Black Friday is actually one of the most dangerous days of the year to be out on the road. According to the study, starting from Black Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) is the most dangerous times of the year to be driving, period.
According to the report, there are 34% more car accidents on Black Friday, 25% more accidents on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and 20% more accidents on Thanksgiving Day compared to the two weeks before and after this holiday week. This must be because people tend to be in a hurry to get to or from their destinations, maybe after having a little too much to drink. It is even worse for out of state drivers, who are more likely to get into a car accident while driving through New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, and North Carolina.
BLACK FRIDAY CAR ACCIDENTS IN PARKING LOTS
On Black Friday, the majority of car accidents happen in overcrowded parking lots that are at peak capacity with distracted holiday shoppers- in a hurry to get the best deals. As Miami car accident lawyers, we strongly recommend that you park as far away as possible from the entrance of the store or mall- as most accidents occur when in the parking spots that are closest to the mall’s doors. And please be sure to also watch out for animals as 60% of Black Wednesday car accidents involved striking an animal or small objects.
HOW TO AVOID A THANKSGIVING CAR ACCIDENT
Your best bet is to try to avoid getting into a Thanksgiving week accident is not drive anywhere on Thanksgiving night and especially during Black Friday– avoiding large malls and shopping centers, and avoid long distance travel on the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Instead, we suggest that you use a taxi or ride-sharing application like UBER or LYFT. If you have traveled a long distance please consider leaving on a Monday morning, known as Cyber Monday- after Thanksgiving weekend- as it has 37% fewer accidents than Sunday. Or if not, leave earlier on Saturday, which is still 17% safer than Sunday.
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If you have been involved in a car accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, pedestrian accident or bicycle accident during Thanksgiving, on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, it is important that you consult with an experienced car accident lawyer in Florida. Our office has over 30 years of combined legal experience representing injured traffic accident victims in all sorts of personal injury claims against drunk drivers, rear-end drivers and others whose negligence or carelessness caused you to incur lost wages, medical expenses, property damage to your vehicle and pain and suffering.
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