It’s almost Thanksgiving and that means that a lot of people will be hitting the road. We want you and your loved ones to arrive to your destination safely. That is why we are reminding drivers to driver sober and buckle up this Thanksgiving (and every day). Here, we will provide additional information on the importance of driving sober and buckling up. We will also provide important road trip tips for you holiday travel.
We hope the below information helps you stay safe during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. If another driver injures you in a car accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
In Nevada, impaired driving is the number one cause of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities. The holidays are an especially dangerous time to be on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from 2016-2020, over 800 people died in crashes involving a drunk driver.
The Thanksgiving holiday period begins the night before Thanksgiving when people often visit with family and friends. The NHTSA reports the following:
- From 2016-2020, 138 drivers involved in fatal crashes on Thanksgiving Eve were drunk.
Alcohol isn’t the only thing that can impact a person’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. Drugs and prescription medication can also affect a person’s ability to drive safely. Just because something is legal, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is safe. The NHTSA provides the following warning for those who use marijuana:
- THC slows reaction time, impairs cognitive performance, and makes it more difficult for drivers to stay in their lane.
If you are going to go out and consume alcohol, plan ahead so that you don’t drive drunk. You have a number of options to have a safe and fun evening. Consider the following options if you are going to drink:
- Stay at your location. If you are at a safe place, ask if you can stay the night.
- Go out with a designated driver. A designated driver can get you and your loved ones home safely.
- Arrange for a rideshare. Download a rideshare app before you go out and save important addresses. Wait for your rideshare in a safe location and confirm your rideshare before getting in the vehicle.
- Walk home. If you are within safe walking distance (such as a neighbor’s house) plan on walking home. Walk with a trusted friend or family member for added safety.
Unfortunately, not everyone makes safe driving choices. If a drunk driver injures you this Thanksgiving weekend, seek medical help immediately. Once you receive proper medical treatment, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation. Our law office is in Henderson, Nevada and we work with clients all over Las Vegas. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. Buckle up every time you get in a vehicle.
Tragically, people are still choosing not to wear seat belts. This choice is costing people their lives. The 2020 Thanksgiving holiday weekend was a deadly time for people not wearing seat belts. According to the NHTSA, during the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday weekend:
- 333 passenger vehicle occupants were killed
- 51% of those killed at night were unbuckled
- 55% of those killed during the day were unbuckled
Buckle up. Every time. If you have young passengers make sure they are properly restrained. Older children should use a booster seat or a seat belt (if it fits properly). Younger children need a car seat that fits their current size. Children grow and change quickly. Adjust their car seats to fit them.
Thanksgiving Road Trip Tips
If you are traveling this Thanksgiving, use our top Thanksgiving road trip tips to stay safe on the road.
Perform Routine Vehicle Maintenance
If you are taking a road trip, you should perform routine vehicle maintenance. Remember to check the following before you hit the road:
- Wiper blades
- Engine air filter
Check the Weather
If you are leaving Las Vegas, you should check the weather for your planned route and at your destination. Proceed with caution if you are going to encounter any of the following:
Plan Your Route
Plan your driving route before you leave. Include plenty of rest stops to stay alert and keep your passengers happy.
Practice Safe Driving
You should always practice safe driving, especially during the holidays when there is more traffic. Safe driving includes driving sober and buckling up. Safe driving also includes the following:
- Paying attention
- Staying awake and alert
- Watching your speed
- Stopping on red
- Using caution in work zones
- Looking out for pedestrians
Enjoy the Ride
Road trips can be a fun way to travel. Make the most of your trip and enjoy the ride. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the journey. You can listen to your favorite music, podcast, or audiobook. You can also use the time to catch up with your road trip buddies.
EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
We hope that you drive sober and buckle up this Thanksgiving. If a Las Vegas driver injures you in a car accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Some people wonder why they need a personal injury lawyer to help them.
Award-winning law firm Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyers. We are based in Henderson, Nevada, and serve clients throughout the Las Vegas area. When we say we offer personal injury law experience, we mean over 25 years of experience. This is the combination of knowledge and expertise you need to win significant compensation as a victim in a Las Vegas area accident. Our decades of experience, our expertise, plus our deep familiarity with all aspects of Nevada law, give you a powerful advantage. You will need that advantage to fight against those who may keep you from receiving what you deserve as a Las Vegas accident victim.
Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.