Motor vehicle accidents increase on Thanksgiving Day

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that Thanksgiving is the deadliest holiday of the year, and it is urging drivers in South Carolina and around the country to take precautions. These include planning ahead for adverse weather conditions and leaving early enough to avoid speeding to the destination. The NHTSA is also recommending that people check their tires and their windshield wipers so that they will be better prepared for any snowy conditions they might encounter.

The most recent year for which data is available is 2012, and in that year, 764 people died in car accidents on Thanksgiving Day. This is compared to 654 motor vehicle fatalities on Christmas Day. Another approximately 50,000 accidents did not involve a fatality.

Furthermore, many of the deaths were preventable. In 60 percent of passenger deaths on that day, people were not wearing seat belts. Drunk drivers were an issue in 40 percent of those accidents.

After a motor vehicle accident, at a time when a person should be focusing on recovery, they might find themselves overwhelmed with bills from medical procedures and from vehicle repair or replacement along with lost wages. One option for an injured person might be to pursue a civil lawsuit. This is separate from a criminal case, and it may be possible to file a civil lawsuit even if no charges were filed in the accident. Furthermore, the burden of proof in a civil lawsuit is lower than in a criminal case. In a criminal case, it is necessary to present evidence that proves the case beyond a reasonable doubt. In a civil case, it is only necessary to present a preponderance of evidence. This means that the winning side must have more convincing evidence than the other side.

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