Our roadways are going to be packed over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
According to St. Louis Today, automobile travel is expected to increase compared to last year. According to AAA, more Americans are choosing to drive instead of fly because of tight budgets. At the same time, gas prices are down which typically adds to the traffic count.
Our St. Louis personal injury attorneys understand that close to 44 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles away from their home over the holiday weekend. That's up about 0.7 percent from 2011's numbers. During this time of the year, drivers are asked to be safe out there. Risks for accidents skyrocket every Thanksgiving and this year is no different. Please be safe and be cautious to make it safely through the long weekend.
In the last 30 days, the average price for a gallon of gas has dropped about 35 cents. AAA officials say that it's going to drop even more through the holidays. Gas prices are expected to average $3.32 per gallon.
Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) are going to be out helping to make sure everyone's driving safely. During the Thanksgiving holiday last year, there were close to 1,400 traffic accidents 4 deaths throughout the state. Many of these accidents could have been prevented, if drivers were a little more aware and cautious behind the wheel.
"With more people traveling, the possibility for traffic incidents increases, but there are many things motorists can do to keep themselves safer on the roads," said executive chair of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, Leanna Depue.
You're urged to plan out your safe trip ahead of time. With more motorists on our roadways hurrying to their vacation destinations, you need to keep safety as a number one priority. Make your Thanksgiving travel safer by following these tips:
-Plan you trip out before departure. Check out the MoDOT's Traveler Information mobile app. Check out accidents, lane closures, flooding, work zones, road conditions and weather conditions.
-Always wear a seat belt. Seat belts and car seats for children are the number one way to help to prevent injury and death in the event of an accident.
-Obey all of the laws on the road. This is critically important for the speed limit. Speed in a top contributor to serious accidents throughout the state. This is especially the case over holiday weekends.
-Never drive after drinking or consuming drugs. If your plans involve drinking, make sure you have a sober way home.
-Get plenty of sleep. Avoid driving while feeling drowsy. Stop and take a break or switch driving roles with a passenger. Never push through drowsiness. It's a mistake that could wind up costing you your life.
From our attorneys to you and your loved ones, we'd like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Stay alert out there, stay safe and be courteous. Let's enjoy a safe and joyous holiday together.
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