Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Six Ways to Keep Yourself Safe During Thanksgiving Travels

by Staff Blogger | November 23rd, 2015

Holiday traffic can be a hassle to say the least. You may be caught in the long holding patterns created by backed up lanes of travelers. Worse yet, increased congestion also increases the chances of a car accident.

If you’re going to be on the road this Thanksgiving, the Nashville car accident lawyers at Ponce Law say you should be prepared for heavier traffic than usual. In fact, more travelers will be on the road this Thanksgiving than in years past.

WKRN 2 News says the AAA Foundation has estimated 46.9 million Americans will take to the road over the next several days. This is an increase from last year’s travel estimate, and it wasn’t the only statistic that was expected to rise. The National Safety Council announced they believe 433 motorists will die and another 52,300 will be seriously injured in motor vehicle collisions this Thanksgiving holiday, which is also an increase from last year’s estimate.

To help you avoid an accident this Thanksgiving, we’d like to offer these six suggestions:

  • Have all vehicle maintenance performed before leaving
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eliminate distractions
  • Buckle up
  • Slow down
  • Don’t drink and drive

At Ponce Law, we’re aware that not all accidents can be avoided, especially when a crash is the fault of another driver. That’s why we would also encourage you to check out our website to learn more about what to do after an auto accident. Doing so could give you the insight you need to handle certain situations in the event a crash does happen.

Tennessee Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips

by Staff Blogger | November 26th, 2014

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!