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Hazards to watch out for on Thanksgiving

Colder temperatures and the spread of the flu can lead to higher mortality rates during the winter months in West Virginia and throughout the country. However, car accidents are also a key cause of higher mortality rates from Thanksgiving onward. On Thanksgiving Day in 2012, there were 764 crashes that resulted in a fatality while there were 654 such crashes on Christmas Day in 2012.

There were also 50,000 car crashes that did not result in a fatality in Thanksgiving 2012. Of those killed, 40 percent died as a result of a drunk driving accident while 60 percent died because they were not wearing a seat belt. This means that many of these deaths could be prevented with simple adjustments. Experts also say that it is a good idea to make sure that vehicles are in good condition, which means properly inflating tires and checking windshield washer fluid levels.

Drivers are also encouraged to take it easy on the roads to allow extra time to reach their destination and to not get behind the wheel if they have been drinking alcohol. Reports also say that there are 33 percent more deaths due to coronary disease around Thanksgiving as a result of increased food consumption and psychological stresses.

Those who are involved in a collision with a truck or any other type of vehicle may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Compensation may help pay for medical bills or help an injured victim get reimbursed for lost wages or future earnings. An attorney may be able to review a case to determine if negligence played a role in causing the wreck. This may be done by reviewing physical evidence or witness statements to establish that a driver was distracted or impaired prior to the crash.

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