Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. It also marks the beginning of one of the most dangerous times of year for drivers and passengers in Tennessee and around the country.
As attorneys who handle personal injury and criminal defense, we are all too familiar with the dangers this time of the year brings and hope that by bringing attention to it, we can do our part to make this year safer for everyone.
Let's take a look at some of the events of this season that increase the risk.
The days leading up to Thanksgiving see millions of Americans embark on a journey to spend the holiday with their loved ones.
The night before Thanksgiving is a notorious drinking night and one of the busiest nights of the year for local bars. Many college students return home the day before Thanksgiving and meet up at local haunts to catch up with old friends.
The increased traffic combined with large numbers of people drinking can be a recipe for disaster.
We take our college football seriously here in SEC country, and this is the time of year when the action really heats up. This means tailgating and viewing parties where the alcohol flows freely. It is crucial for fans to be responsible as they enjoy the game and celebrate. That means choosing designated drivers or otherwise finding a safe ride home.
New Year's Eve
When your mother used to warn you about being out on the roads New Year's Eve, she had good reason to be worried. This holiday results in tragic accidents just about every year. Too many people throw all caution to the wind as they take in the libations and ring in the new year.
The Bottom Line
We're entering a very festive time of the year, but it is important to take precautions to make sure that a good time does not become a tragedy. As 2016 begins to wind down, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season.