Thanksgiving Tips To Stay Safe

Thanksgiving: The Deadliest Day For Accidents?

Thanksgiving might be one our nation’s happiest holidays, but it might be the deadliest, too.

Millions of Americans are getting ready to make their way all across the U.S. for their annual Thanksgiving feasts and time with family. According to the auto club AAA, an overwhelming majority of them (90%), will get to their Thanksgiving destination via car. Although this is a very happy occasion it also marks the year’s deadliest weeks for car accidents, traffic violations and fatalities. At Greenberg & Stein we have seen the devastation caused by unnecessary car accidents and feel it’s extremely important to drive safely and to be careful while traveling during Thanksgiving and throughout the entire holiday season.

Greenberg & Stein Car Accident Lawyers of NYC
Greenberg & Stein Car Accident Lawyers of NYC

It’s not really rocket science to observe that whenever traffic volume goes up, crashes and accidents generally go up as well. However Thanksgiving has historically become the deadliest holiday to drive because of other factors such as drunken driving, speeding, weather and time of day. Making it the perfect storm for car accidents.

As people are driving to family homes, often times in a rush and stressed out for their turkey and dressing, many will be navigating unfamiliar roads; they will driving late at night, when they’re more susceptible to drowsiness, or on riskier two-lane roads; shockingly many will get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. Thanksgiving (and not New Year’s Eve) is the holiday that statistically has the largest number of drunk driving fatalities – by a landslide.

Tips From Greenberg & Stein To Stay Safe over Thanksgiving and Avoid a Car Accident

In most personal injury and accident cases simple safety precautions would’ve saved lives. According to NHTSA, at least 40% of passengers killed during Thanksgiving are involved in crashes with drunk drivers, and about 60% of passengers injured weren’t wearing their safety belts.

Here are a few important tips and reminders to help keep you safe:

  • For starters, make sure your vehicle is in good working order, with a full tank of gas, check tire air pressure, make sure windshield fluid is full. Clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights, and windows.
  • Plan your travel and route by checking the weather, road conditions, and traffic.
  • Make sure that you’re insured.
  • Slow down: observe speed limits.
  • Buckle up.
  • Be well rested, stay alert and avoid distractions such as cell phones.
  • If car trouble develops, pull off the road as far as possible.
  • This should go without say, but it’s never ok to drive drunk.
  • Keep  emotional and psychological stresses of the holidays to a minimum.
  • If you have health issue or are over 40, pack your pills if your are traveling.
  • Hydrate, stay away from excessive salt and alcohol and reconsider playing football in the yard if you haven’t played since high school (higher risks of heart attacks starting on Thanksgiving could be related to such behavioral changes around the holiday time as increased food, salt, and alcohol).


At Greenberg & Stein we care about your safety and wellbeing. We want to wish all of you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

No matter how careful you are, accidents can and will happen. At Greenberg & Stein, P.C., we are committed to defending the rights of accident victims and their families.

If you have been injured in a fender bender, T-bone collision, head-on crash or any other type of car accident, during the Thanksgiving and Holiday season, you may need help with recovering damages.

The majority of accidents are directly related to the negligence of another driver. Our New York City car accident lawyers have more than 50 years of combined litigation experience and are ready to take on your injury claims. If your accident was caused by another driver’s carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim or lawsuit.

Contact our New York City car accident lawyers to schedule your free consultation with our legal team. Contact at 888-411-3966 for caring legal counsel after your automobile collision.

We have already recovered millions of dollars for other accident victims now let us help you.