Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to travel to see family and friends, but you also need to be careful. There could be hundreds of traffic fatalities during this long weekend. If you or a loved one gets hurt in an accident, then you may want to pursue compensation. A Middlesex County, NJ car accident attorney from our firm can help.
Why Are Accidents More Common on Thanksgiving Weekend?
There are many things about a holiday weekend that can make driving more dangerous. Accidents can be more likely on Thanksgiving due to:
- An increased number of people on the road
- More people driving while tired
- Increased alcohol consumption
- Potentially bad weather
- The presence of more drivers who are unfamiliar with the area
All of these things can make car crashes more likely to happen.
What Should I Do If I Get Into an Accident on Thanksgiving Weekend?
If you get into an accident while you are driving on Thanksgiving weekend, you should act the same way you would if you got into an accident at any other time. Pull over and make sure that the cars are in a safe area. Then:
- Call the police so that they can write a report
- Exchange info with any other involved drivers
- Talk to any potential eyewitnesses and get their information
- Take photos of the accident scene and damage to the vehicles
- Avoid talking too much or taking blame for the accident
Then it’s time to build a personal injury case.
Can I Sue for Compensation After an Accident?
If you believe someone else was at fault for the accident, you may want to think about suing for damages. You may get an offer from an insurance company, but these initial offers are usually inadequate and do not cover all of the expenses that can be incurred in a car accident. Our attorneys can help you sue for compensation that would make up for:
Medical expenses: Your compensation should help you cover bills stemming from the accident. If you are going to continue to need care for your injuries, your offer should help with future medical costs as well.
Lost wages: Accident victims usually need some time off work to recover from their injuries. If you need to take some time off, your compensation should be calculated with your missed paychecks in mind.
Loss of enjoyment: If injuries from your Thanksgiving weekend car accident will have lasting effects, that could prevent you from taking part in activities you once loved. That matters and it needs to be considered when a settlement is being offered.
Pain and suffering: Any other pain and suffering you experienced as a result of your accident should be considered when compensation is calculated.
Talk to Our Team Today
When you are ready to move forward with your case, we are ready to help you. Contact Stathis & Leonardis to schedule your free consultation. Now’s the time to learn more about your legal options and the potential value of your case.