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Research shows increased rate of accidents during holiday season

The frequency of car accidents is consistently high. No matter what time of year it is, car accidents happen daily. Given that frequency, most Tennessee residents probably know someone who has been involved in a wreck -- or they have lived through accidents themselves.

Recently many Tennessee residents travelled by car -- sometimes great distances, sometimes not -- to the houses of relatives to celebrate Thanksgiving. Research shows that car accidents increase around Thanksgiving time, as many are travelling and celebrating -- and unfortunately, when the two are combined, accidents increase.

Last Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, there is typically a 17 percent increase in car accidents. Parking and rear-end accidents increase by 27 percent and the amount of people pursuing property damage claims increases 14 percent.

All of these stats just prove what may be common sense to most Tennessee residents: roads can be particularly unsafe during the holidays, and extra precautions need to be taken by anyone travelling during the holiday season. The uptick in traffic and sometimes challenging whether is an unfortunate recipe for dangerous situations with sometimes tragic outcomes.

For anyone hurt in one of these car accidents, there are options available. In many accidents occurring during the holiday, alcohol is involved because of celebrations that sometimes get out of hand. If it can be proven that the other driver involved in the accident was intoxicated, the victim could possibly be awarded compensation covering the damages inflicted on them by the accident. This is just one of the ways in which victims can pursue just compensation in court.

Source: WMC-TV, "Research: Car accidents increase near Thanksgiving," Stephanie Garland, Nov. 26, 2013

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