The holiday season is a time of joy, family, gifts and warmth. Unfortunately for some Kentucky residents, it may also be a time of tragedy, serious injury and death. Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that death rates tend to spike around Thanksgiving and remain elevated throughout the holidays.

Two causes of death stand out during this time. The first is traffic accidents, and the second involves coronary problems like heart attacks. Traffic accidents are more likely during the holidays because more people are traveling to visit loved ones. According to the NHTSA, almost 40 percent of the passengers killed on Thanksgiving in 2012 were involved in accidents with drunk drivers. A shocking 60 percent weren't wearing seat belts.

Winter weather and holiday traffic make a dangerous combination. Drivers are more likely to be in a hurry as they rush to attend events and parties. Winter driving conditions are more dangerous in general. Slippery roads, rain and snow all make it more difficult to drive and more likely to have a collision. The good news is that most holiday accidents are avoidable by simply driving safely and allowing for plenty of traveling time to reach those parties and events.

While revelers may not want to think about car accidents and personal injury lawsuits during the holidays, more accidents invariably means more legal worries. A person involved in an accident should be aware of their rights and legal situation. This includes details that are important in a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney may be able to answer a person's important legal questions.