More than 400 motorists are expected to die on the nation’s roads over the long Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, according to the National Safety Council.
Our Portland personal injury attorneys wish each of you a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving Day holiday.
With the end of Daylight Savings Time earlier this month, and the onset of winter weather, we are heading into the deadliest six weeks of the year on the roads. Distracted driving, drunk driving and speeding continue to account for the vast majority of accidents.
Officially, the Thanksgiving Day holiday runs from 6 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 21 to 11:59 p.m. Sunday Nov. 25. The NSC estimates about 450 motorists will be killed during the 4.25-day holiday. Nearly 50,000 will be injured seriously enough to seek medical attention.
The Portland Press Herald reports slightly more travelers are expected to be on the road this year as gas prices have declined 35 cents in the last month. Channel 22 News reports those traveling in northern New Hampshire or Maine can expect delays on I-90, particularly at the I-495 interchange. The I-495/I-93 interchange may be backed up as well.
In 2010, a total of 417 motorists were killed during the holiday travel period. Advocates estimate 165 lives will be saved by seat belts this weekend; an additional 112 lives could be saved if everyone buckled up.
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports more trips per-day are made over the Thanksgiving Day holiday than even the year-end holiday travel period. More than half will be spending nights away from home. Young travelers will also be out in force — more than one-third of motorists traveling 50 miles or more will be under the age of 25.
Government research shows Thanksgiving Day eve is the busiest day of the year for passenger vehicle travel. When all forms of transportation are included, Thanksgiving Day is even busier.
The U. . Department of Transportation has established a website for travelers detailing traffic and road closure information in all 50 states.
It’s not just your fellow travelers you need to watch: November is deer collision month, according to the Maine Department of Transportation. This is a serious risk often overlooked by motorists. State Farm recently reported more than 1.2 million deer crashes occurred in the last 12 months. More than 200 motorists a year are killed in motor-vehicle crashes involving deer, most often when a motorist veers off the road or into traffic while attempting to avoid striking an animal in the road.
Your chances of striking a deer in Maine through the remainder of the year are about 1 in 207. But your chances of encountering a speeding, drunk or inattentive motorist are likely even higher. By doing your part and driving defensively, you can reduce your risk for a serious or fatal car accident.
If you are the victim of a Portland car accident, contact us at 1-800-804-2004 or read more on our website.