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Car accidents more likely on Thanksgiving day

People in Texas may be interested to learn that death rates spike during Thanksgiving and continue to be high during the winter months. One reason for the increased mortality rates is flu season. However, the two causes of death specifically connected to Thanksgiving are motor vehicle accidents and heart attacks.

Every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns drivers about how to remain safe on Thanksgiving, which has more deadly accidents than any other holiday. In 2012, there were 654 fatal crashes on Christmas and 764 on Thanksgiving. There were also 50,000 motor vehicle accidents that were not fatal on Thanksgiving day of 2012. Approximately 60 percent of passengers who were killed were not wearing seat belts.

Researchers speculate that consuming more food, salt and alcohol as well as the stresses of the holiday season might all contribute to heart attacks. In addition, many travelers forget their medication. There does not seem to be a strong link to weather and activities that cause overexertion, such as shoveling snow, since there is also an increase in heart attack-related deaths in the Los Angeles area around Thanksgiving.

A person who is injured in a car accident, whether it is on Thanksgiving or any other day of year, may suffer serious injuries. The accident might occur because of a driver who is drunk, drowsy or distracted. If insurance compensation is not sufficient to cover a person's expenses, the injured individual might want to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. The victim will then need to demonstrate in a civil court that the other motorist was negligent.

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