If you are a Nashville resident who will head out of town after work today, you are not the only one. AAA has estimated that about 43.4 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday weekend, and about 90 percent of travelers will do so by car. This makes the Thanksgiving holiday travel period - Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 - one of the busiest travel times of the year.
Unfortunately, with the combination of increased traffic, adverse weather conditions, and holiday celebrations involving alcohol, car accidents also tend to increase around Thanksgiving.
In fact, with the day before Thanksgiving being the busiest day for road travel, some have called it "Black Wednesday."
Progressive Corporation, a car insurance company, has reported that car accidents increase by as much as 17 percent between about 8 p.m. the evening before Thanksgiving to about 3 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. This means that Tennessee residents need to be careful out there on the roads. Those driving should avoid alcohol and distractions on the roads. Mapping out routes in advance and paying attention to weather forecasts can also help drivers prepare themselves for road trips and prevent car accidents.
Those who are involved in car accidents over the holiday need to be aware that they do have rights. If a car accident takes place in Tennessee, even if the those involved are from another state, the legal issues would be handled according to Tennessee state law.
In Tennessee, those who are injured because of another driver's negligence - perhaps because a driver was speeding or drinking, for example - may hold that driver financially accountable for their injuries. The statute of limitations is short in personal injury cases, and it is important for victims to act quickly. Those who are injured in car accidents may wish to talk to a reputable Tennessee car accident attorney about their rights and options soon after the crash.
Hopefully, drivers will prove to be more responsible than AAA has forecast, and fewer family Thanksgiving celebrations will be hindered by car accidents in Tennessee this year.