The arrival of Thanksgiving is a sure sign that fall is making its way toward winter and the holiday season is here. Unfortunately, this day filled with your family, friends, and food often results in an abundance of car accidents. Between the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving and the Sunday night ending the weekend, tens of thousands of individuals are hurt and hundreds lose their lives in collisions. Due to the surge in Thanksgiving crashes and deaths, this weekend has become known as one of the most dangerous holidays in the U.S. each year.
There may be numerous reasons behind such a sudden climb in collisions and fatalities. However, the reasons hardly matter to you when you are injured and need additional medical treatments that cost far more than you have in savings. If you were hurt in a car accident this holiday season, do not hesitate to seek the help of an experienced lawyer of Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.. We understand how a crash ruins your holidays and sets you back at school or work. We offer tenacious representation with a steadfast focus on negotiating a beneficial settlement with insurers or on striving to win you a fair jury award during a personal injury suit. Call us today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you gain compensation for your injuries.
In early November, the National Safety Council released its estimate for Thanksgiving holiday auto accidents, injuries, and fatalities. For the period between Wednesday, November 23, 6 p.m. and Sunday, November 27, 11:59 p.m., the council estimated there would be approximately 50,300 nonfatal disabling injuries and 437 traffic fatalities across the country this year. While these were projections, the council also provided a cold hard fact – from 2010 to 2015, an average 12.84 percent of all traffic fatalities during November occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Illinois is not immune to this deadly trend. The state also witnesses a spike in vehicle accidents and fatalities during Thanksgiving weekend every year. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 2,878 crashes over Thanksgiving weekend in 2014, the highest amount since 2011, which saw 2,986 accidents.
In 2014, 559 of the Thanksgiving weekend crashes led to injuries, while 13 were fatal. A total of 840 people were hurt and 15 individuals were killed. This averaged 3.5 fatalities per day over the four-day weekend.
There is little mystery behind the dramatic rise in car accidents and traffic deaths over Thanksgiving weekend every year. Transportation authorities are aware of the risk factors that lead to more collisions, including:
When you are in a serious accident, you have to deal with medical procedures, insurance claims, being out of work, and confusion about what to do next. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we understand that a car accident is the last thing you wanted to experience on your holiday weekend and now you have much more to worry about this winter than you expected. Instead of taking all of this on yourself, we can help you get your insurance claims approved and negotiate a settlement that compensates your for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If your claim is denied or your settlement negotiations hit a wall, we can help you move forward with a personal injury claim in court.
Our car accident attorneys serve clients throughout the Chicago area, including Aurora, Elgin, Hinsdale, Joliet, Naperville, and Waukegan. Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a consultation and hear more about your options.