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Thanksgiving, a day of car wrecks and heart attacks

California residents know how hectic it can get around Thanksgiving. What many don't know is that Thanksgiving day gives rise to more crashes and coronary events than any other holiday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that in 2012, there were 764 fatal crashes on Thanksgiving, compared to 654 on Christmas in that year. In addition, there were over 50,000 non-fatal accidents.

Furthermore, the NHTSA's data showed that 40 percent of those fatalities involved a drunk driver. Also, 60 percent did not wear a seatbelt. The agency advises drivers every Thanksgiving season to make sure their vehicle tires are properly inflated and their windshield wipers are working optimally. It also stresses the importance of planning ahead and leaving enough time for delays arising from adverse weather.

The increase in heart attacks isn't just a phenomenon of colder climates. In Los Angeles County, there are 33 percent more deaths due to coronary disease in the winter than in the summer, with the spike beginning around Thanksgiving. Experts say that the added stress of the holiday season is a factor, as many families rush to be with each other; another is the increase in food, salt, and alcohol consumption. Some, for instance, may overeat and follow that up with vigorous activities like sports. As with car accidents, many coronary events are preventable.

Should a negligent driver cause a car accident during the holidays, the victim may want to speak with a lawyer and file an injury claim before the statute of limitations runs out. If successful, the victim could be compensated for medical bills, vehicle damage, lost wages and pain and suffering.

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