Progressive Claims Data Reveals Spike in Thanksgiving Week Wrecks

Thanksgiving is recognized as one of the most heavily traveled holidays, with festivities both before and after the turkey is carved. As families prepare to hit the road this Thanksgiving week, new data from Progressive Insurance offers drivers a leg up on potential accident risks from the day before Thanksgiving (known as Black Wednesday) through Cyber Monday.Upside down SUV

The Thanksgiving week fender bender timeline

Progressive pulled claims data from the week of Thanksgiving, dating back to 2010. When compared to the data from the two weeks before and two weeks after the holiday week, Thanksgiving week stood out, showing a jump in claims at some significant times for consumers. Findings included:

Black Wednesday accidents increased by 25 percent

Thanksgiving night accidents increased by 20 percent

Black Friday accidents increased by 34 percent

The Sunday after Thanksgiving has the highest percentage of out-of-state accidents of any day in the holiday week

If traveling out of state or driving a long distance home, the data shows that there are much safer times to hit the road than Sunday:

Source: Progressive