With Thanksgiving approaching, many already have their travel plans mapped out, whether it is by car, bus, or plane; however, an increase in travel means that the risk of motor vehicle accidents is greater than usual. According to SurfKY.com, Kentucky State Police will be out in force to combat dangerous driving and save lives endangered by the risks presented during the Thanksgiving driving season.
In 2010, there were 1,305 motor vehicle crashes on Kentucky roads during the Thanksgiving holiday, with 405 injuries and 9 deaths occurring as a result. As the amount of drivers increase, so do the chances of accidents caused by reckless driving, driving under the influence, speeding, and various other forms of negligent driving behavior.
In order to prevent yourself from becoming one of these dangerous drivers, or from suffering from another driver’s reckless actions, take these precautions:
- Never drive after drinking alcohol. Holidays often lead to more drinking than usual, but accidents caused by drunk driving can be easily prevented by waiting to drive or using a designated driver.
- If traveling, plot out your route and prepare all navigation systems and/or maps before beginning your drive to prevent a distracted driving accident.
- Turn off your cell phone, and when driving with others, appoint a passenger to be in charge of managing any other distractions, such as radio, navigation, and any children in the car.
- Equip your car for the conditions you are facing, such as snow chains for appropriate weather, and always checking fluids such as oil, antifreeze, and power steering.
Proper preparation for Thanksgiving travel is no different than the normal precautions that a driver should take on any other day of the year. However, traffic congestion and the hectic pace of the holiday season can cause abnormally dangerous and frequent accidents to occur.
Kentucky auto accident attorney Tad Thomas is a former assistant deputy attorney general in Kentucky and is committed to protecting the rights of those injured by the negligent actions of others.