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Over holidays, Missouri motorists more likely to become crash victims

If you or a loved one has been harmed on the road this holiday season, you may find certain information useful.
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    December 24, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, from November 27 to December 1, there were eight fatal car accidents in Missouri. Last year in 2012, there were just six traffic fatalities in Missouri over the same period.

There are many reasons why the holidays can be a more dangerous time to be on the road. With the holiday season well underway, it can pay to know a little more about the issue.

More travel, more alcohol and winter driving conditions are all factors

Thanksgiving is typically the most dangerous holiday on the road. Throughout the United States, on a typical day, approximately 100 people die in traffic crashes according to figures from AAA. On Thanksgiving, however, it is not unheard of to have as many as 500 traffic fatalities nationwide.

The reason for the added danger on Thanksgiving? More drivers on the road (AAA estimates that there are 50 percent more drivers on the road on Thanksgiving Day than on an average day) and higher-than-average rates of alcohol consumption.

This pattern of danger created by more drivers and more alcohol holds true for other holidays throughout the year. New Year's celebrations, for instance, often involve alcohol consumption, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that year after year, almost half of the fatal traffic crashes that occur on January 1 involve alcohol.

Between Christmas and New Year's Day, according to the Research and Innovative Technology Administration of the Department of Transportation, the number of trips taken by Americans is 23 percent higher than normal. Those trips are also longer, with the average Christmas or New Year's trip spanning 275 miles, compared to 261 miles for the average long trip at other times of year and just 214 miles for the average Thanksgiving trip.

The fact that the major holiday season occurs in the winter is also significant in terms of auto accidents. There is the obvious threat of inclement weather. In addition, the shorter days mean more time spent driving in the dark, which exacerbates vision problems; this is no small threat, especially considering The Vision Council, which is a nonprofit organization in the optical industry, says that at least 11 million Americans suffer from uncorrected vision issues.

Call a Missouri car accident lawyer if you have been harmed by a careless driver

While the holidays typically mean more car accidents, it does not mean these crashes are unavoidable. Obviously, no one should get behind the wheel after drinking too much, and drivers need to be especially attuned to the added threats they will face on the road during the winter holiday season.

If you have been injured in a Missouri car accident over this holiday season, or if you have lost a family member, you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver or his or her insurer. Money cannot undo the damage caused by a car accident, but it can help you cover medical bills, lost wages and other expenses. Get in touch with a Missouri car accident attorney today to ensure that you recover full compensation for the harm done to you by a negligent driver.

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