Snow, sleet and Thanksgiving traffic surge increase risk of St. Louis traffic accident this holiday weekend

Snow, sleet and Thanksgiving traffic surge increase risk of St. Louis traffic accident this holiday weekend

The St. Louis car accident attorneys and staff with Ryan R. Cox & Associates wish each of you a safety and enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend with friends and family. Given this holiday sets off the busiest travel weekend of the year – and one that seems destined for sleet-if-not-snow-covered streets – we remind you that along with family time and holiday shopping sprees, comes an increased risk for St. Louis car accidents.

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According to St. Louis Today, forecasters are predicting freezing rain and light snow in the St. Louis area on Thanksgiving, although the rest of the week and weekend milder temperatures are expected, as is some rain. The sketchy weather across much of the country does little to make travel plans easier for the more than 42.2 million Americans driving 50 miles or more this holiday or the 1.62 million fliers who plan to take to the skies, the AAA Foundation reports.

In an effort to reduce the traffic crashes as well as the number of drunk drivers and speeders while enforcing seat belt use, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is stepping up its law enforcement presence along U.S. and secondary highways through the holiday, the Houston Herald reports. MSHP will again be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) which targets traffic law enforcement and adds patrols to assist stranded motorists.

In 2009, the Missouri Department of Transportation reported there were 140,586 reported Missouri car accidents that left 38,886 injured. Of those, more than 1,200 involved fatalities. Drugs and alcohol are believed to have played a role in 191 fatal car accidents and 1,864 injury crashes.

In November alone, there were 54 fatal crashes that killed 68 and left 2,657 injured. The MSHP reported that during the 2009 Thanksgiving holiday (6 p.m. Wed., Nov. 25 to midnight Sun., Nov. 29), there were 126 car accidents with injuries. MSHP filed 333 traffic crash reports. And another 135 people were arrested for drunk driving.

State patrol is urging drivers to “make safety part of your Thanksgiving holiday travel plans” by follow a few simple guidelines before hitting the road:

~ Make sure you are well-rested and your car is fit to reach your destination safely.

~ Stay off the cell phone. Wear your seat belt. Obey all traffic laws and don’t drive while impaired by fatigue, medication or alcohol.

~ Have a travel plan and a well-supplied emergency kit (one that includes: water, non-perishable snacks, a shovel and flashlight, and a blanket and a change of clothes.

As a St. Louis car accident attorney, with Ryan R. Cox knows that being involved in serious car accident can be both physically and emotionally devastating. If you or a family member has been injured in a St. Louis car accident, we have the knowledge and experience to help you. Contact us online or by phone at 1-636-946-6886 today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

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