If you're starting your Thanksgiving drive tonight, be careful. An analysis of insurance claims shows you could be in greater danger of having an accident.
Even aside from the awful weather plaguing much of the nation, traffic accidents traditionally spike on the Wednesday before the big feast day, Progressive Insurance reports.
For motorists or insurers like itself who have to clean up the messes, Progressive calls it "Black Wednesday."
"Black Wednesday isn't a day that pops up on most people's radar, but the mixture of relatives in town, students home from school and no work the following day makes for a busy day on the roads," says Tricia Griffith, claims group president at Progressive, in a statement.
Between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m., Progressive found a 24% increase in accidents involving parking or rear-enders, 17% involving general collisions and a 14% increase in claims involving vehicles that ran into buildings or other private property. It analysis compared the rate of incidents in 2012 to other Wednesday at the same time in the weeks prior.
The increase was worst in Maryland, up 61%, followed by Oregon, 60%; Illinois, 38%; Iowa, 38%; and North Carolina, 35%.