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Heart attacks and car crashes spike during the holidays

The feasting and travel associated with Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season do not always lead to good times. Big helpings of food and alcohol are linked to an annual jump in coronary disease deaths that starts on Thanksgiving. The rush to get to holiday destinations could also cause some people in Texas to forget safe driving habits.

One physician who studied the issue linked behavioral changes that come with holiday travel to heart problems. Large portions and salty food coupled with activities like playing football with relatives pushes some people too far. People are also prone to forget their medications when they break with routine and go on a trip.

Travel presents a significant hazard as well. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration identified 764 fatal motor vehicle accidents on Thanksgiving 2012. This exceeded the deaths that occurred on Christmas that year, which was 654. There were also approximately 50,000 accidents that did not kill anybody that same Thanksgiving. Analysis of the accidents revealed that drunk drivers contributed to 40 percent of the deaths while 60 percent of people died because they were not wearing seat belts.

Drivers that are distracted, reckless or intoxicated could be held responsible by victims for medical bills, rehabilitative therapy and lost income among other damages. A person harmed in an accident caused by negligence could have an attorney handle the details of the personal injury claim. An attorney familiar with the process for litigating auto accidents could document negligence, gather testimony from an accident reconstruction specialist and negotiate with an insurance company. If the settlement offered by an insurer does not cover the damages, then the attorney could file a lawsuit and seek a higher settlement at a trial.

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