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The higher risk of death on Thanksgiving

Residents of New York may face an increased risk of death around Thanksgiving. While the holidays are a time for celebration for many Americans, they also come with elevated risks due to factors such as influenza and the weather. Thanksgiving poses an especially high risk for coronary events and car accidents, both of which are often preventable.

Thanksgiving is the most dangerous holiday on the roads, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A report from the federal agency shows that there were 764 fatal car accidents during the 2012 Thanksgiving weekend. Christmas 2012 had a significantly lower number of fatal accidents. There were another 50,000 non-fatal car crashes on Thanksgiving that same year. The NHTSA noted that at least 40 percent of the fatal accidents involved drunk drivers and another 60 percent of those passengers were not wearing seat belts.

In addition to being a dangerous time on the roads, Thanksgiving is also a high-risk time of year for coronary events such as heart attacks. In general, American health declines during the colder months of the year. One Los Angeles County study that took place in the 1980s and 1990s found that there were 33 percent more coronary disease-related deaths in winter than in the summer months. This upward trend has historically begun around Thanksgiving time, and it is believed that increased food and alcohol consumption during the holidays plays a role.

People who are injured in motor vehicle accidents, regardless of the time of year, often face high medical expenses and rehabilitation costs. When the accident was caused by another driver who was impaired, distracted or otherwise negligent, an attorney could be of assistance in helping an injured victim seek appropriate compensation.

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