Last year, most of us stayed home for Thanksgiving. If we celebrated at all, it was with the members of our household, or else virtually “visited” loved ones through our computer and device screens.
This year, things are different. Though the pandemic is not yet over, millions of Americans have received vaccinations and state governments have lifted bans on parties and family gatherings. People throughout the Hartford area are looking forward to driving out of state to celebrate the holidays. Others are coming to Connecticut to visit relatives they might not have seen in 20 months or longer.
The bounceback in traffic rates from 2020 to this year is expected to be huge. Despite rising gas prices, AAA expects the largest year-over-year surge in Thanksgiving weekend traffic since 2005. Unfortunately, the more drivers there are on the roads, the more drunk drivers, distracted drivers, speeders and other dangerous motorists there will be out there too.
Common causes of Thanksgiving weekend wrecks
Drinking and driving is always a problem in Connecticut, but it tends to go up around the holidays as people go to holiday parties and family meals. And we can assume that among the holiday travelers will be several distracted drivers. Finally, driving long distances for the holidays can be stressful. There will be plenty of speeders and others who will drive too aggressively to “save time.”
Bad holiday drivers are responsible for the harm they cause
A serious car accident can ruin your Thanksgiving, especially if you or one of your loved ones gets seriously injured. But it does not have to lead to huge medical bills putting a huge financial burden on your home. A bad driver who causes a serious crash on a Connecticut highway can be held liable for their victims’ pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills and more.