Like 39 million other Americans, many Californians will be hitting the road in the next few days to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones. Many drivers might not know that Thanksgiving week is one of the most dangerous times on our highways.
In 2010, 431 people died in fatal traffic accidents on Thanksgiving Day alone - more than any other holiday that year. On average, the Thanksgiving week saw 798 fatal accidents between 2005 and 2010. This is a big increase from the overall average of 748 weekly fatalities for those years.
Drivers should be aware of several factors that can combine to cause motor vehicle accidents.