Call today for a Free Consultation! 1.800.208.3538 Available 24 Hours

Thanksgiving Car Accidents Expected to Rise in 2015 Due to Lower Gas Prices

San Bernardino accidentIt’s typically one of the deadliest holidays of the year for travelers throughout the United States, but this year lower gas prices could make this Thanksgiving the worst travel day ever as nearly 47 million people are expected to hit the roadways and drive at least 50 miles from home.

According to AAA statistics, the average retail price of gasoline has fallen for 17 consecutive days, down by 15 cents per gallon and more than half of all U.S. gas stations offer gasoline for under $2 per gallon. These are the lowest gas prices reported since Thanksgiving 2008 and more people are expected to drive this year as a result, according to a report by the American Automobile Association (AAA).

Indeed, the four-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend brings out more travelers than any other holiday. Here in the Golden State, crashes have been on the rise since last year when there were 45 people who were killed in crashes on the holiday weekend. Those deaths were up 36 percent over the 2013 holiday. Sadly, about 40 percent were also because someone got behind the wheel drunk, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP managed to arrest some 1,000 people last year during the holiday weekend for DUI and they are expected to make significant arrests again this year. The CHP’s Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 29. The stepped up enforcement will target DUI drivers in an effort to help avoid more tragedies this year in California.

So how can you avoid becoming a statistics this year? First and foremost, wear a seat belt at all times and insist on passengers doing the same. More than half or 60 percent of all deaths in traffic accidents were by people who were not wearing a seat belt, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

alcohol and driving don't mixNever drive drunk by planning ahead to stay at a friend or relative’s home or having a designated driver or taxi take you home. Turn your cell hone off while you are behind the wheel and keep your eyes on the road at all times.

You can also find out road conditions by calling: 1-800-427-7623.

“Have a safe Thanksgiving this year,” said Attorney James Johnson. “Always plan to leave plenty of time to get to your destination so there is no temptation to speed, wear a seat belt and never drive drunk.”

If you are involved in a traffic accident over the Thanksgiving weekend and would like to speak with an attorney about a potential claim, call Johnson Attorneys Group at 800-235-6801 and ask to speak with an attorney.  Our personal injury law firm is a proud supporter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Johnson Attorneys Group

Website graphic for the California Injury Accident Lawyer

Free Consultation

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Every personal injury case is unique and many factors are used to value each case. The losses from your claim include the amount of the medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, etc. The most important factor is your life change resulting from the injury. Typically, the larger the injury and life change, the larger the settlement. We discuss your personal injury claim’s worth during your free consultation. Call for a free consultation 800-208-3538, or complete the form below >
The first thing you should do is contact an attorney. Without the representation of a lawyer, insurance companies might make contact with you directly, and since they are trained to protect their best interests, this could mean a loss of rights on your behalf, especially if you unknowingly sign something that they didn't completely explain to you. Call for a free consultation 800-208-3538, or complete the form below >
The length of a personal injury case depends on many factors including the evaluation and treatment of the injury. The bigger the injury, the longer it takes to treat. Attorney James Johnson helps you be aggressive with the treatment, so the average case normally takes between two and five months. Those who have serious injuries and need surgery may take several months longer. Call for a free consultation 800-208-3538, or complete the form below >
Many victims believe if you don't have health insurance you don't have a case - this NOT true. In fact, those with health insurance usually don't use it since there are so many restrictions and steps to overcome to receive authorization for treatment. Johnson Attorneys Group assists you in finding the best doctors to help. Most of them even wait until a settlement for payment. Call for a free consultation 800-208-3538, or complete the form below >
Handling a personal injury claim by yourself is very difficult. You will deal directly with the insurance adjuster who is often trained to obtain the information they are not entitled to use. This information can negatively impact and de-value your case. Once your case is damaged, it is very difficult to repair it and usually costs you thousands of dollars less in a settlement. Call for a free consultation 800-208-3538, or complete the form below >
You do not pay anything unless you win. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, so we’re only paid if we win your case. When the case is settled, our fee is a percentage, as previously agreed, of the final settlement. These fees are described in full detail in our signed contract before work begins on the case. We cover the case upfront costs including everything from copying and court filing fees to hiring experts - so all your focus can be on getting well. Call for a free consultation 800-208-3538, or complete the form below >

Connect with Us

Google+ | Johnson Attorneys Group JAG-California-Locations_badge_footer

Free Consultation

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

  Your information is never shared.

Copyright © 2019, Johnson Attorneys Group.   All rights reserved. | News | Disclaimer | Privacy | Sitemap | Designed by SEO Pros

James Johnson is responsible for this advertisement.