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Dangers to Watch Out for on Thanksgiving


Georgia residents may be surprised to know that the mortality rate in the United States spikes around Thanksgiving and stays higher than normal throughout the winter. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the mortality rates of 2013 were 5 percent higher in December than they were in November. According to experts, there are many reasons why more people die during the holidays and throughout the winter.

Colder weather during this time of year may create conditions ideal for getting and spreading the flu. Car accidents are also a major issue as many people travel to be with family members on Thanksgiving. While weather can play a role in accidents, it is not the sole reason for the mortality spike. Even in sunny Los Angeles County, there has historically been a 30-percent increase in coronary deaths in winter when compared to summer.

Such deaths may be related to changes in diet around the holiday season as well as the stress that many may feel during the time period. To avoid being hurt in a car crash, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that you have your tires properly inflated and your windshield washer fluid levels checked. Drivers are also urged to avoid drinking before driving and to allow extra time to arrive at a destination in the event of poor weather.

Those who get into a car accident may wish to consult with an attorney. If it can be shown that negligence played a role in the wreck, an injured victim may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings.