Avoid a NJ Motor Vehicle Accident This Thanksgiving Holiday

The NJ motor vehicle accident attorneys at Villani & DeLuca P.C. always want you to practice safe driving no matter what month it is; however, Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year (and one of the deadliest on the roads), so we encourage you to take extra precautions when traveling.

As your personal injury and DWI law firm in Ocean County and Monmouth County, New Jersey, we urge Thanksgiving travelers to practice these safety measures when heading out on the roads to visit friends and family:

• Do not drink and drive. Thanksgiving holiday happens to be one of the most dangerous times on New Jersey roads, with DWI arrests at their highest between Thanksgiving and the end of New Year’s. Enjoy the season of “thanks” with your family and remember to designate a sober driver.
• Sleep Over. Turkey’s tryptophan may or may not be the reason for making you feel sleepy, but eating an abundance of food and staying up late definitely will. If you plan on driving after your big Thanksgiving meal, avoid getting in a car accident by making sure you get the proper rest first.
• Feeling Ill? If you’re fighting off a fever and using prescription medications, read the labels and know the side effects. Driving under the influence of prescription drugs can have just as hefty of a fine as a DUI charge for heroin.
• It Can Wait. Texting while driving has become the number one driving distraction for many people. This distraction is as dangerous as driving intoxicated and those who text and drive are 23 times more likely to get into a car crash. It can wait; refrain from texting and driving.
• Buckle Up. It’s the law. Seat belts are the most effective safety feature ever invented and have helped save thousands of lives. Sadly, one in five Americans fail to regularly wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Marketing awareness created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urge drivers to buckle up this Thanksgiving, in their Click It or Ticket campaign, “Turkey makes you sleepy. Not stupid.”

Thanksgiving Seat Belt Statistics

• During the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday, 301 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide. Six in 10 (60%) of those killed were NOT wearing seat belts.
• Compared to the same holiday weekend in 2011, this represented a 21% increase in the number of passenger vehicle occupant fatalities, and an 11-percentage-point increase in the number of those who were unrestrained when they were killed that weekend.
• Year-round, more fatal crashes happen at night, when people are statistically less likely to buckle up. Over the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a staggering 69% of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in nighttime crashes (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were unbelted, whereas 46% of those killed in daytime crashes were unbelted.

As you get together with your families and friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday – remember to stay safe. All of us at Villani and DeLuca P.C. want to wish you a safe, accident-free and Happy Thanksgiving.