Thanksgiving is a notoriously dangerous day to get behind the wheel. This sentiment is backed by an eye-opening amount of statistics which highlight the precarity of Thanksgiving vehicular travel. Although the holiday with the worst impaired driving statistics is New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving is the most traveled holiday, with flights booked and highways jammed across the nation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “from 2016-2020, 138 drivers involved in fatal crashes on Thanksgiving Eve were drunk.”
The legal limit for Blood Alcohol Concentration is .08 %, however, it is widely agreed upon that even .02 % can significantly impair one’s judgment. Everyday, over 32 people die in the United States in drunk-driving crashes. In 2020 alone, 11,654 lives were taken from impaired driving crashes.
Thanksgiving Day, and the days that surround it, are often met with alcohol discounts in stores, bars, and clubs which incentivize inebriation. These discounts, especially on Black Friday, create unparalleled traffic jams throughout cities which can complicate the roadways for drivers, regardless of impairment. After Thanksgiving dinner, the late night drive home has also been a statistically dangerous time for families and friends to drive. Many drivers might not be fully aware of the amount of alcohol they consumed, and can thus be endangering their passengers and those on the roadway.
Involved in an Alcohol-Related Car Crash On Thanksgiving or other Holiday?
If you or somebody you know is a victim to an accident on Thanksgiving either as a result of an impaired or negligent driver, you might be entitled to compensation. Our offices at Aronfeld Trial Lawyers have been passionately advocating for the injured for decades, and would love to hear more about your case to see how we might be able to help you.
Thanksgiving Day accidents usually take place during and after sunset, when traffic from drivers heading home or traveling from holiday dinner reaches its peak. Car crashes around this time of the day can often be fatal and life changing, causing severe trauma to those involved. Contact our offices today and see how we can bring you justice.