If your Thanksgiving plans involve travel, you may be at risk of a traffic accident on Black Wednesday. That’s the nickname given to Thanksgiving Eve when there are higher than average numbers of impaired motorists on the roads.

It’s usually a surprise when people learn that this day is considered to be the biggest drinking night of the year. It has such a reputation due to the sheer volume of binge drinking that takes place.

College students all head home for the holiday. But they are typically eager to meet up with old friends from high school for a night of revelry before sharing the Thanksgiving meal with their families. Then, too, the stresses of the season often compel otherwise social drinkers to overindulge at their local watering holes.

This is occurring at the same time that there is a large influx of travelers on the roads to visit family. All combine to make this a dangerous time to be on the highway.

Of course, the drinkers should do the responsible thing and arrange for a sober ride home. But they might not feel that they are truly impaired as they climb behind the wheel. Yet, traffic accidents happen equally to “buzzed” and heavily drunken drivers.

Unfortunately, there is little that you can do to alter other motorists’ dangerous decisions. If you and your family wind up getting into an accident over the Thanksgiving holidays, the most you may be able to do is damage control. That can include filing a claim for damages for your injuries and any other losses that you suffer due to the other driver’s negligence.