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Multiple factors lead to an annual holiday rise in death rates

As people in Connecticut prepare for the fall and winter holidays, medical professionals prepare for the rise in death rates that always accompanies the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. There are several reasons that death rates climb in the fall and remain high through the winter, including car accidents that begin with heavy holiday traffic.

Thanksgiving leads all U.S. holidays in traffic fatalities. Heavy holiday traffic, weather issues and emotional stress are all believed to contribute to this fact. But there are also greater health risks beginning at Thanksgiving and lasting through the holidays than there are at other times of the year. Many people drink more, eat more and have more stress throughout the holidays. That puts the risk of heart attack up for the season.

Winter weather can contribute to increased car accidents, and activities like shoveling snow can increase the risk of a heart attack. But warmer parts of the country like Southern California still have a spike in coronary disease-related deaths at that time of year. This is why behavior related to eating, drinking, driving and holiday activities is believed to be the primary factor in the fall and winter rise in death rates. Experts remind everyone that behavior-related deaths are preventable.

When behavior leads to a car accident, for example, distracted driving or drunk driving, a driver could be guilty of negligence. Someone who is injured by another person's negligence could be entitled to financial compensation to help with medical costs, lost wages or loss of future earnings. An attorney can often be of assistance to an injured victim in this regard.

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