This year’s Thanksgiving travel forecast from AAA predicts 48.7 million Americans will travel 50+ miles from home between Wednesday, November 23rd and Sunday, November 27th. According to AAA, this is nearly 2% higher than last year and marks the busiest Thanksgiving weekend since 2007.
43.5 million, a full 89% of projected Thanksgiving travel traffic, will be done exclusively by car, a factor that will drastically increase traffic throughout Alabama. If you plan on making your Thanksgiving travel by car we strongly encourage you to exercise caution, helping everyone on the road make it safely to their destination.
Thanksgiving Travel Tips
Car accidents often increase over busy holiday weekends. The increase in traffic certainly plays a role, but so too do bad driving habits. The Mobile personal injury lawyers at Long & Long encourage you to do your part to help prevent an accident by practicing sensible driving. This includes:
- Not drinking and driving
- Putting your cellphone away
- Allowing a passenger to handle GPS, music selection, and other possible distractions
- Following all traffic signs and signals
- Leaving at least a two-car gap between yourself and the vehicle in front of you
- Giving yourself extra time to get to your destination
Rushing to get to a destination poses serious risks to everyone on the road, particularly during times of increased traffic like this upcoming holiday weekend. The best way to protect yourself from the frustrations of being held up by traffic is to plan for such and to allow enough time to navigate it safely. As a bonus, remaining calm and driving courteously can help make your trip much more enjoyable and set a good tone for the celebration that will commence when you get to your destination.
Risks Posed By Other Drivers
When you practice safe driving habits, you are better able to respond to the poor behaviors of other motorists. Sudden lane changes, drifting, unexpected stops, all of the elements that make traffic dangerous are heightened during times of heavy traffic. When you are careful and paying attention, it becomes easier to respond to the poor driving of others and to maneuver around any obstacles they pose. However, even the savviest and most cautious among us cannot always prevent someone else from causing an accident. When this happens, you need an experienced auto accident lawyer on your side to help ensure you are provided the true compensation your injuries demand.
The Mobile, Alabama car accident attorneys at Long & Long understand how frustrating it is to be involved in an accident caused by someone else’s bad decisions. We are here to hold those types of drivers accountable for their actions and to help responsible drivers like you get compensation for any and all damages that have resulted from their behavior.
If you live in Alabama and are in need of an experienced and aggressive car accident attorney, please contact Long & Long online or by calling (251) 432-2277 to schedule a free consultation at our Orange Beach or Mobile location.