New Mexico Auto Accidents on Thanksgiving: Deadly Roads


November 21, 2018

 by Caruso Law Offices, P.C. | 

Deadly Holiday Roads: New Mexico Auto Accidents on Thanksgiving Explained

New Mexico auto accidents on Thanksgiving are horrible and deadly.  This is because Thanksgiving is one of—if not the—deadliest holidays for traffic crashes.  It starts tonight, Wednesday, when many people are coming home for the holidays and want to meet up with family and friends before the big day tomorrow.  This is particularly true of college students, who are prone to go out for drinks to catch up with their friends at other schools.  Then Thanksgiving is a major travel day which is understood to cause roadway congestion.  Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Sunday are the largest shopping days of the year which bring many people out to stores to start their Christmas shopping.  Simply put, the roads are more congested, people are celebrating and unfortunately may be with alcohol, and people who may not usually go out will be forced out for the holiday or to get their shopping completed.  

Here at the Mark Caruso, we want to wish you a very Happy and SAFE Thanksgiving.  We know that many of you will be traveling for the holidays, and we want you to do so safely.  But the sad truth is that many more people this week will be seriously injured in a New Mexico auto accident than any other week of the year.  If this happens to you, call us to learn what we can do for you and your family by dialing (505) 308-1556.

Deadly Facts About Driving on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving auto accident statistics are startling.  Last year, it was estimated that 421 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents, and another 48,500 were seriously injured.  This year, experts are predicting that fair gas prices and heavy Black Friday sales will result in more motor vehicle accidents this year than last year. 

There are several reasons why Thanksgiving travel is so deadly, which includes the following:

  • More commuters coming home from school, work, or to visit family or friends for the holiday—an estimated 48.5 million!
  • Most of the country is experiencing the coldest Thanksgiving on record, which means ice and slippery conditions;
  • Some people only travel for major holidays and may not be “in practice” with driving, especially if it is slippery or congested traffic;
  • People that drive infrequently also check their car less, and may have problems such as leaky tires, faulty wires, or other mechanical problems; 
  • Too many drivers drink and get behind the wheel, even just one drink can impair your reaction time and mean the difference between life and death; and
  • Many other reasons.

New Mexico Auto Accidents Resulting in Serious Personal Injuries

There are some ways to guard yourself and your family from serious motor vehicle accidents, including checking your vehicle before you go, staying off the roads unless you absolutely have to go out, having a designated driver, and making sure you have emergency kits in your vehicle in case of an accident.  If you are in a New Mexico auto accident on Thanksgiving week, please get immediately medical attention.  When you’re ready, give us a call to learn how we can help you.  

Please call the Mark Caruso  for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help you today.  We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Lordsburg, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Roswell, or anywhere else. Call the Mark Caruso by dialing (505) 308-1556 to learn how we can help.  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

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