Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that Thanksgiving is second only to the New Year’s holidays in the number of drunk drivers on the road. Drunk driving violations increase an average of 54 percent on Thanksgiving Day, as compared with 62 percent on New Year’s Eve.

Other statistics show that between two and three times more people die as a result of alcohol-related crashes between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than any other time of the year. The Centers for Disease Control predicts that 1,200 people will be killed over that time period and 25,000 will be injured in alcohol-related crashes. As a result, many police departments greatly increase the number of officers on the streets, as well as their checkpoints on Thanksgiving.

If you are planning on driving over the Thanksgiving weekend, be careful. Wear your seatbelt at all times. Avoid driving in the late night and early morning hours when drunk drivers are more likely to be out if you can help it. If you do have to drive, be extra alert for drunk drivers. Look at the driving patterns of the drivers around you. If you see a driver who is weaving or swerving, or is driving at a very low speed, brakes for no reason, or is very slow to respond to traffic lights, get away from that driver. Call the police and let them know where to find the driver.

If you are hosting a Thanksgiving party, do your part to make sure your guests don’t leave drunk. Not only could that result in the death of another person, but you could be held legally responsible for that accident. If you are serving alcohol over Thanksgiving, make sure you are serving lots of food too. Offer a variety of non-alcoholic drinks. Stop serving alcohol at least an hour or two before the party is over. Finally, take the keys away from any guest who has had too much to drink.

If you are involved in a Thanksgiving accident caused by a drunk driver, call the Dallas automobile accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. Our attorneys will help you obtain compensation from the responsible driver. Call today.