Celebrations Ranked by Travel Risk
Everyone knows how important it is to drive carefully on New Year’s Eve. It’s one of the most talked about holidays when it comes to dangerous driving, thanks to the many revelers who venture out to ring in the new year. What isn’t as obvious, however, is just how treacherous other seemingly mundane holidays can be. Here in Texas and around the country, revelers who celebrate with alcohol — no matter the holiday or occasion — put everyone else on the road at risk. This has become especially true as the prices of plane tickets go up and more people rely on their cars to travel long distances to get together with family and friends. The deadliest holiday of the year, surprisingly, isn’t New Year’s Eve. It’s actually Thanksgiving. The reason for its danger comes down to a combination of factors: heightened road congestion, aggressive driving, and driver fatigue. Add in drinking and driving, and you’re left with huge potential for disaster.
When a holiday falls on a Friday or Saturday, that’s generally when more traffic-induced deaths occur. In fact, 30–60 percent more people die in car crashes on weekends than any other day of the week.
For people whose holiday weekends are marred by injury or worse due to a vehicle crash, compensation for the damages they have incurred may be available. Accidents like these often lead to a perfect storm of medical bills and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. It always pays to be extra careful when you head out on the road, whether it’s during your commute to work or while you’re on the way to enjoy a holiday weekend. But should the worst happen, you have rights and someone looking out for you at Herrman & Herrman.
The Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day are the next deadliest holiday weekends. New Year’s Eve and Halloween follow.
Buttery Roasted Chestnuts
Whether or not you have an open fire, you can easily roast some chestnuts using this simple, delicious recipe.
2 pounds fresh chestnuts, unpeeled
5. Pat dry and transfer to a medium bowl. Add rosemary, butter, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Toss to coat and transfer to baking sheet. Arrange in a single layer. Gather the edges of the foil together, leaving an opening at the top. 6. Roast until peels curl up, about 30–45 minutes. 7. Transfer to a platter and serve while hot or warm. 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or more to taste Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg Freshly ground black pepper, to taste * * *
2–3 sprigs rosemary
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1. Heat oven to 450 F. 2. Place a large sheet of foil on a rimmed baking sheet. 3. On a large, flat workspace, place chestnuts flat side down. Using a sharp knife, carve an X on the rounded side of each chestnut. 4. In a large bowl of hot water, soak chestnuts for 1 minute.
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