How Common Are Auto Accidents on Thanksgiving Weekend?

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Thanksgiving weekend can mean busy highways, and that often means more auto accidents. Hundreds of fatalities occur each year and there are plenty more drivers and passengers who end up getting injured. If you or a loved one gets hurt in a car crash this holiday season, you should pursue compensation and hold the person who caused the accident responsible. A Prince George’s County car accident lawyer can help you with that.

Are Auto Accidents More Common on Thanksgiving Weekend?

There are more accidents on Thanksgiving weekend than there are on most other weekends. This can be attributed to a number of factors, including:

  • The presence of more drivers on the road
  • More people driving while tired
  • The consumption of alcohol at family events
  • Bad weather

All of these things can make accidents more likely, so you really have to be careful if you plan to travel for the long weekend.

What Should I Do If I Get Into an Accident on Thanksgiving Weekend?

Sometimes you can prepare and do everything right, but someone else makes a mistake and causes an accident. If this happens to you, do not panic. Instead, keep your calm. Then take some steps to protect yourself and begin building a personal injury case. Our recommendations include:

  • Taking photos of the accident scene and damage to the vehicles
  • Call the police to the accident scene
  • Exchange info with the other drivers
  • Talk to witnesses, if there are any, and get their information
  • Get medical care

Even if you do not think that you are badly hurt, get medical care as soon as you can. Then keep copies of your bills and expenses so that you can use them in a personal injury case later.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Sue For Damages?

You are not required to hire a lawyer when pursuing damages, but one can do a lot to strengthen your case and help you make things right. You attorney can help you by gathering evidence, calculating fair compensation, and preparing you for testimony. You should schedule a consultation to learn more.

How Long Do I Have to Begin the Legal Process?

That can depend on where the accident occurred and which court you are suing in. In Virginia, the statute of limitations lasts for two years. In Maryland and Washington D.C. you have three years to begin the legal process.

In general, you should act as quickly as you can. The sooner you act, the easier it can be for your lawyer to gather evidence and build your case.

Talk to Our Legal Team

You do not want to miss out on your chance to pursue compensation, so contact McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt, L.L.P. to set up your consultation today. We can tell you more about the potential value of your case and what an attorney can do to assist you.

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