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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Thanksgiving Day weekend has traditionally been one of the busiest travel times of the year. Millions of Americans all across the country hop into planes, trains, and automobiles to spend time with family and friends. AAA has put estimates at the number of people who will be traveling next week at approximately 47 million. And almost 90 percent of those travelers will be using motor vehicles as their mode of transportation. Unfortunately, along with the increased number of travelers comes an increased number of auto accidents.

According to national statistics, Thanksgiving Day 2012 was the deadliest holiday that year. There were 416 people killed in car crashes, nationwide. Of those killed, more than half were not wearing seat belts when the crash occurred. And more than 40 percent of those fatal crashes were alcohol-related. In addition to the number of people killed, another 45,000 were injured in crashes that day.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers tips for motorists to follow to help ensure that it will be a Happy Thanksgiving. Top on the that list is to always wear your seat belt, no matter how short a drive you may have. The NHTSA also recommends that children under 13-years-old should be seated in the back of the vehicle, not the front.

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