Many drivers will take to the roads on Wednesday, travelling to see their families for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Since many people will still be working on Wednesday, they might be travelling later in the evening.

According to the Progressive Corporation, car accidents increase by 17 percent on Wednesday before Thanksgiving between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Thanksgiving day. This significant increase in car accidents means that those who are travelling will want to leave extra room in between them and cars in front of them. Rear-end accidents increase by 27 percent on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

When someone is injured in a Thanksgiving weekend car accident, they might be wise to speak with a West Virginia car accident attorney. Hospital bills after a car accident can cost thousands of dollars just for an emergency room visit. If a person needs follow-up car or rehabilitation after the accident, the costs will only increase.

If a victim is forced to miss work because they are recovering from their injuries, they might struggle to pay for monthly expenses. An attorney can work to investigate the accident, and file a personal injury lawsuit to help the person get compensation for their injuries. They can also help a person evaluate any insurance settlement offer. Insurance companies are often quick to offer money to people involved in accidents, but they can sometimes be low offers and require a person to sign paperwork that might waive their rights to file a lawsuit later on if they find the compensation doesn’t cover their expenses.

Source: WMC-TV, “Research: Car accidents increase near Thanksgiving,” Stephanie Garland, Nov. 25, 2013