Be Careful, Auto Accident Claims Rise By Up To 40% During Thanksgiving Week

Black Friday is a time for great deals and special offers, but also a time for long lines and crowded stores. And crowded roads too!

A few years back one of the major auto insurance companies went through their records and tallied up some frightening statistics. It turns out it's not just Black Friday you need to watch out for, it's all of Thanksgiving week.

For instance, on average, traffic accidents jump by 25% on the day before Thanksgiving. But, for Texas, that jump is closer to the 40% mark. A lot of the accidents involve hitting stationary objects, perhaps showing that harried nerves, low low deals, and parking lots do not mix.

That trend of parking lot accidents becomes even more clear starting Thanksgiving evening and extending through Black Friday. More than a third of car insurance claims involved backing into objects or hitting other vehicles while parking. People rushing for the best deals of the year can be a bit dangerous, it seems.

The last major statistic given involved the Sunday after Thanksgiving. With so much family travel for the holiday, it only seems natural that out of state accidents jump to some of the highest levels of the years. Clogged roads and drivers in unfamiliar locations don't mix. In fact, the number of claims dropped off by almost 40% for drivers traveling back Monday instead of Sunday. Even the Saturday after Thanksgiving is far safer than Sunday.

If you do need to get on the roads this Thanksgiving week, for shopping or travel, be patient, watch out for others, and give yourself a little extra time to get where you are going. Taking an extra half hour could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars on car repairs and, according to the statistics, will certainly help keep you safe.


New Bill Will Allow Veterans To Seek Damages In Military Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

soldiersIt seems only right that the men and women who have served in our armed forces should get the best medical care, but often that is not the case. We've all heard rumors and stories about long waits or poor standards of care for veterans, but one thing you may not have heard is that veterans have little recourse if a military doctor or hospital injures them as part of a procedure.

According to the military news website Task & Purpose, a 1950 Supreme Court ruling that was originally intended to shield doctors from lawsuits as they made life or death decisions on the battlefield has, over time, been applied to non-battlefield cases. At this point, the ruling essentially blocks veterans from suing for medical malpractice.

Fortunately, efforts are in the works to amend this situation. A bill has already been passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and is soon to be co-sponsored in the Senate by Florida Senator Rick Scott. The bill, named after Richard Stayskal, a green beret who is dying of lung cancer after he was misdiagnosed as having pneumonia by doctors at Fort Bragg, is said to change things by allowing veterans up to three years to sue after discovering a misdiagnosis or instance of medical malpractice.

Update: This bill, the SFC Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act of 2019, was signed into law near the end of 2019.