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Car Accident / 11.22.2023

Mississippi's Deadly Thanksgiving Statistics

The State Leads the Nation in Accident-Related Thanksgiving Holiday Deaths

A holiday that is supposed to be filled with friends, family, and food has proven increasingly more dangerous for anyone on Mississippi roadways. The state leads the nation in fatal accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday. Every year, dozens of people are arrested or cited for traffic violations, and hundreds of collisions cause irreparable harm to people throughout the state.

At Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A., we will be open on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2023, to take your phone calls. We understand that car accidents rarely happen between normal business hours, which is why we are committed to staying open to help you and your loved ones in any way we can. If you are injured in a car accident in Mississippi, contact our office to schedule a free consultation. 

Thanksgiving Holiday Accident Statistics

According to ValuePenguin, 1478 people were killed in traffic accidents over the Thanksgiving holiday period from 2019 through 2021. The Thanksgiving holiday period typically extends from Wednesday at 6:00 pm through the following Monday at 6:00 am. In 2021, there were 531 deaths on the road during that period. 

Thanksgiving holiday period accident-related statistics:

  • From 2019 to 2021, there were an average of 107 people killed in traffic accidents on Thanksgiving Day. 
  • Thanksgiving is the third deadliest holiday for accident-related deaths. 
  • Fatal accidents are 5.8% higher on Thanksgiving compared to normal Thursdays. 
  • Over 20% of those surveyed by AAA admitted to having enough to drink to be over the legal limit. 
  • More than 12% of respondents admitted driving at least 15 mph over the posted speed limit when driving on the freeway. 
  • Mississippi had the highest average of Thanksgiving holiday deaths. 

Mississippi routinely leads the nation in the average number of Thanksgiving holiday deaths based on 1 million residents on their roadways. As reported by ValuePenguin, the average number of Thanksgiving holiday fatalities in Mississippi per 1 million residents was 3.7. The second-highest state, South Carolina, had 3.3.

Dozens Arrested for DUI in Mississippi During Thanksgiving Holiday

Last Thanksgiving, as reported by The Daily Leader, the Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop M made over 30 arrests related to suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The law enforcement agency also issued over 800 citations during the Thanksgiving holiday period. 

Hundreds of collisions were reported statewide, with six of them being related to alcohol consumption. Tragically, 43 people were injured, and six people were killed in accidents on Mississippi roadways. 

Injured in a Thanksgiving Holiday Crash? Contact Our Office. 

If you are injured in a Thanksgiving holiday accident, we will be here to help. Our legal team is available on Thanksgiving Day to speak to you regarding your accident and injuries. 

Contact our office to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We have decades of experience handling even the most complex accident cases, and we will not give up on your case. Contact our office today to get started. There are no fees unless we win. Let us help you get the recovery you need and deserve. 

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