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Thanksgiving travel just a week away, car safety important

People are about to take to the roads, visiting family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday. With an estimated 38.9 million people travelling on the nation's roadways over Thanksgiving weekend, it is important that people are well prepared for their long drives.

Ensuring a car is maintained is important not only to make sure everyone gets to their destinations without any breakdowns, but also to ensure there are no car accidents. When traveling in cold weather, it can be especially important to double check fluids and ensure you have a shovel on hand if snow is expected. Some parts of West Virginia might be cold enough for snow next week, so drivers should use caution.

There will likely be some accidents over the holiday because of the large number of motorists. Paying attention to the road can be very important. When people don't pay attention in dense traffic, they can increase their chances of causing a crash.

If someone is injured in a car accident over the holiday weekend, they might be wise to speak with an experienced West Virginia personal injury attorney. An attorney can help a person understand their rights and work to seek compensation for the person's injuries.

Sometimes injuries in car accidents can result in thousands of dollars in medical expenses. Medical checkups might be required in the weeks and months following an accident, adding to the expenses. An attorney can help ensure a person receives enough compensation to pay for all of their medical and lost wage expenses.

Source: Forbes, "Nearly 40 Millions Travelers Will Hit The Road This Thanksgiving -- Is Your Car Up To The Task?" Jim Gorzelany, Nov. 20, 2013

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