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Heavier traffic Thanksgiving weekend could lead to car crashes

Thanksgiving weekend is commonly known as one of the busiest travel weekends of the year in New Mexico and across the nation. Many people find that traveling to visit relatives and friends is an important Thanksgiving tradition. However, because the Thanksgiving holiday season is relatively short when compared to the Christmas season, people must confine their travels to just a few days out of the year.

According to some experts, it seems that this Thanksgiving will be a particularly busy day on the nation's roads -- the busiest since the last great economic boom of 2005. Predictions are that over 54 million people across the country will travel at least 50 miles away from where they live this Thanksgiving, which marks an increase of just under 5 percent over last year.

Over 48 million people will drive themselves to their destinations, which is an uptick of exactly 5 percent over last year. It seems that although gas prices are considerably higher than they were this time in 2017, they are more than offset by a strong economy overall, which is putting more money into people's pockets.

While overall this news is encouraging, it does mean that there will be more motorists on the roads in and around Albuquerque and the rest of New Mexico. With that comes the possibility of more motor vehicle accidents, which means people should do even more than usual to drive attentively and carefully. They should, for example, be prepared to come to a stop on the freeway in the event of an unexpected traffic backup, even if the backup is in a location that typically does not experience problems.

Every motorist needs to drive defensively and with due care this time of year to prevent car accidents. A bad crash can easily turn a happy holiday in to a profound tragedy. Those who do happen to get hurt in an accident this Thanksgiving may be able to pursue compensation for their losses.

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