“Over the River and Through the Wood,” to homes of grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, parents or friends we’ll go. Yes, that 1844 jingle about traveling to the residence of a family member for Thanksgiving still rings true all these decades later. What’s changed – for better and for worse – is the way we’re arriving at holiday get-togethers. According to a November 2017 article from USA Today, an estimated total of 50 million Americans were expected to travel at least 50 miles for Thanksgiving-related festivities alone. What’s more, it’s the highest total since 2005 and an annual forecast from AAA shows that this year’s projection was also a 3.3 percent increase over the 2016 total. The article adds that the vast majority of holiday trekkers — 45 million of the 50 million folks — would be traveling by car. With these risks and rewards in mind, personal injury lawyer and founder of Monge & Associates, Scott Monge, would like to weigh in on the topic in hopes of reaching holiday motorists before they take any unnecessary risks on the road.
Before we dive into the myriad risks that winter precipitation poses, let’s look at road congestion caused by the influx of motorists coming and going to holiday destinations. Per the AAA study, a late afternoon trip in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 was expected to take three times as long as non-rush hour trips. Rounding out the top three were over-the-road afternoon journeys in San Francisco and Los Angeles, which both were expected to take 2.5 times as long as a typical drive. While fender-benders are typical in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Monge and Associates founder Scott Monge says too many motorists will try to make up for lost time and drive more recklessly after getting clear of the congestion. Given that he has represented clients who were seriously injured in car accidents that occurred around the holidays, he knows that it’s also imperative that a skilled legal team gather evidence as quickly as possible so that a case can be built and favorable verdicts obtained.
Per the annual AAA study, the auto insurance company said that it expects to assist some 330,000 drivers with battery-related, flat tire or lock-out troubles during the Thanksgiving weekend alone. According to Scott Monge, it’s easy to see how roads slick from snow and ice can send vehicles into ditches and how brutal cold can kill a weak battery. However, such perilous conditions can also contribute to life-changing accidents. If you happen to be the victim of such an unfortunate occurrence, you may also be facing mounting medical bills and a long road to recovery. Should this happen to you, we encourage you to contact Monge and Associations for legal assistance for one reason: “Because You Want To Win!”