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Thanksgiving Travel Results in Multiple North Carolina Car Accidents

Dan Brian   |  December 4, 2017   |  

North Carolina Car Accidents

Thanksgiving is notorious for being a time of year where car and truck crashes are more likely to occur. Traffic density skyrockets around Thanksgiving as millions of people travel to visit family or friends. This year was no exception. There were multiple car accidents in North Carolina before, during and after Thanksgiving.

  • There was a car accident in Granville County on Thanksgiving night where two people died after being hit by a tractor-trailer. The crash occurred on Interstate 85 between Butner and Oxford.
  • A motorist died on Friday morning after colliding with a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Highway 401 and Meadow Drive.
  • On Friday night, a speeding motorist lost control of his vehicle and crashed through a home in Raleigh. An occupant in the home, who was a former US Marine with two children, died during the crash. According to police, they were trying to pull over the driver for speeding. The 19-year-old driver was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.
  • There was a fatal accident on Interstate 440 on Friday morning. A motorist died after crashing into the back a flatbed tractor-trailer.
  • An accident on Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh resulted in four minors suffering injuries. According to police, the teenage driver was ejected from the vehicle. All four minors were rushed to WakeMed Hospital.
  • There was a fatal hit-and-run pedestrian accident in Raeford on Thanksgiving morning. Police later apprehended the driver and charged her with DWI and multiple other crimes.

Why Are There More Car Accidents During Thanksgiving?

Car accidents may increase before, during and after Thanksgiving because there is higher traffic density during this time of year, which creates more opportunities for collisions.

Drunk driving is also a major cause of car crashes around this holiday. Motorists are more likely to be impaired by alcohol. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, there were 16 fatal collisions and 445 DWI arrests during the Thanksgiving Weekend. NHTSA statistics show that from 2012 to 2016, more than 800 people were killed by drunk driving around Thanksgiving.

Regardless of the cause of an accident, it is always wise to consult with a car accident attorney if a crash results in injuries or deaths. If you or a loved one were involved in an accident, the attorneys at Riddle & Brantley, LLP could inform you of possible options for pursuing damages.

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