For Kentucky residents, many things can contribute to an increased risk of being in a motor vehicle accident. Driving during after sunset or before sunrise especially on dimly lit roads or roads with no lighting at all can make it harder for people to see potential dangers and avoid them. Inclement weather can also impede visibility as well as reaction times or capabilities as tires can slide on ice or slippery roads.
Negligent drivers continue to pose a hazard to innocent people and when there are more people in general on the roads, it may be expected that there is a chance that there are more people on the roads who are making unwise and unsafe decisions that put others in harm’s way as a result. People who choose to drive after drinking are prime examples of this. AAA has indicated that this year over the Thanksgiving holiday, nine out of every 10 people travelling will make trips via cars or other vehicles versus planes or trains. It is also believed that the number of people on the road will be at least three percent greater than last year.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Transportation has identified Thanksgiving as the single deadliest holiday weekend on the nation’s roads. This is based on fatality data spanning from the night before Thanksgiving to the Monday morning after the holiday. Alcohol is a known factor in this reality.
People in Kentucky who experience drunk driving accidents over the holiday may want to reach out to a lawyer to learn how they might seek compensation.
Source: The Drive, “Thanksgiving is the Deadliest Holiday on U.S. Roads,” Kate Gibson, November 17, 2017