For many, Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family or friends. The holiday is also one of the busiest travel times in the state, often resulting in an increased number of Tennessee car accidents.
Last year, Tennessee state troopers investigated 29 collisions on the day before Thanksgiving and another 36 on the Sunday following the holiday. That’s why law enforcement across the state is vowing to ramp up efforts to keep motorists safe throughout the weekend.
According to an article from WGOW News Radio, the Tennessee Highway Patrol plans to have troopers stationed every 20 miles along I-40 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today, Nov. 26, and again on Sunday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Troopers will be watching for infractions such as speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The Tennessee personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law would like to remind travelers that you can take the following steps to stay safe on the road this Thanksgiving weekend:
- Service Your Vehicle– Changing the oil, rotating the tires, checking the brakes, and fixing broken lights are all tasks that should be completed before taking your vehicle on the road for the holidays. Doing so can significantly reduce your chances of accidents.
- Buckle Up– Wearing a seatbelt can also reduce your chances of injury or death in the event of an accident.
- Be Vigilant– Watch for other drivers who may not be paying attention to traffic signals and patterns.
We hope these tips help you and your loved ones enjoy a safe and fun Thanksgiving!