As family members and friends pack up their things to make the annual trek out of town this Thanksgiving holiday, AAA and traffic authorities strongly urge drivers to take care and be cautious on the road. Thanksgiving is a notoriously a busy time to travel, and roads have only become more congested over recent years. Even though everyone is anxious to get to their friends and family, it is a matter of public safety to practice careful, defensive driving. The consequences of not doing such are fatal. The fact that AAA predicts that 42.5 million Americans will be traveling over the Thanksgiving weekend in conjunction with the statistics that show that auto accidents have increased by 25 percent over the past few Thanksgivings, combine to reveal a dangerous situation for drivers traveling long distances in areas that might be unfamiliar to them. Fatalities on the road during this time are caused by a virtual cornucopia of factors that come into play on the road, including distracted driving, unfamiliarity, and alcohol use. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), found in 2009, when statistics were last available, that nearly 5,500 fatalities and 448,000 injuries on roadways involve distracted driving. With the advent of cell phones and GPS devices, drivers are constantly struggling to give an adequate amount of attention to the road. Take that in combination with the collision of native drivers and those from out-of-state, and you have a potent cocktail for an accident. For victims of negligent, distracted driving over the holiday weekend, the expense of medical treatment for their injuries and a potential lengthy lawsuit can come at one of the worst times of year. With most families already feeling the crunch of economic pressures, the loss of wages or employment altogether can be a devastating blow to their finances. Plaintiffs seeking a fair settlement and looking for a way to bide their time while unburdening their financial woes, should consider a lawsuit loan. A lawsuit loan, or a pre-settlement loan, is a cash advance borrowed against the predicted outcome of the settlement. The most immediate benefit of a lawsuit loan will be the options that it gives a plaintiff –the option to negotiate for the best settlement possible. Repayment of the loan will only take effect after the case has been resolved and all interest rates are determined on a case-by-case basis that will be thoroughly explained to each plaintiff. With a lawsuit loan, plaintiffs can pay off their most pressing expenses, including medical bills, mortgages, and any other outstanding payments. In short, lawsuit loans give plaintiffs a reason to be thankful this holiday. About the Author: Steven Medvin is the Executive Director of SMP Advance Funding, LLC, which provides lawsuit funding to individuals who need a lawsuit loan for pending lawsuits. For more information please visit
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