Thanksgiving is actually a bigger holiday travel period than Christmas and New Year’s. According to the United States Department of Transportation’s holiday travel statistics, travel to a destination 50 miles or more away increases by 54% over Thanksgiving weekend and only by 23% during Christmas and New Year’s. The automobile is the choice of the majority of travelers – 97.4 million – will hit the road (a 3 percent year-over-year increase).


In 2016, GA recorded 1500 fatal auto accident deaths giving the state a 4th place ranking in the country for that year. For 2017 the total was 1549. GA is a main pass through state since the road north or south usually leads through Atlanta.

Distracted driving has been a leading cause of auto accidents in recent years. During holiday seasons we are all in a hurry to reach our destinations and many times we travel through areas that are not familiar to us. The heavier than usual amount of traffic on our highways during holiday seasons further complicates the danger.

Here is a list of tips that could make your trip more enjoyable and successful:


  • Make sure you have plenty of gas at all times in case of a traffic delay
  • Plan alternative routes just in case any issues arise
  • Stay up to date on the weather conditions along your route
  • Bring your own snacks and water to avoid unnecessary stops
  • Fuel up on Thanksgiving day – historically gas prices have been cheaper
  • Buckle up and stay alert! The average number of accidents skyrockets during the Thanksgiving travel period.

It is also important to be aware of your legal rights should you become involved in an auto accident. Keep in mind that any legal proceedings will be under GA law and you will need an experienced and knowledgeable GA attorney to protect your interests. Please give us a call!