Heavy Thanksgiving traffic increases risk of Massachusetts car accident

The Boston car accident attorneys and staff at Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers wish each of you a safety and enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family. And we remind you of the increased risk of Massachusetts car accidents during the busiest travel weekend of the year.

The Boston Globe reports that Thanksgiving travel is expected to increase significantly this year, with more than 42 million travelers making a trip at least 50 miles from home. That’s an 11.4 percent increase over last year.
“While Americans remain cautious with household budgets and discretionary spending amidst high levels of unemployment, many are in a better financial position this Thanksgiving than a year ago,” Lloyd P. Albert, AAA Southern New England senior vice president of public and government affairs, said in a statement. “This improvement, along with a strong desire to spend time with friends and family, is expected to propel a significant increase in Thanksgiving travel.”

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is also expecting Thanksgiving traffic to be heavier than last year. The department is urging motorist to travel in the early morning or after 8 p.m. from Wednesday Nov. 24 to Sunday Nov. 28 to ease congestion.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also launched a campaign aimed at increasing seat belt and booster seat use through the travel weekend.

Fatal Accidents by Holiday in 2009:

New Year’s: 411
Memorial Day: 410
Fourth of July: 369
Labor Day: 328
Thanksgiving 354
Christmas: 233
If you have been injured in a car accident in Massachusetts, contact Boston Injury Attorney Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 877-617-5333.

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