Hundreds of crashes reported every year in Bay area on Thanksgiving Eve

Posted at 5:05 PM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 17:05:55-05

If you haven't hit the road for your Thanksgiving, keep in mind the day before is one of the busiest travel days of the year. 

AAA projects 48.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home for this Thanksgiving. 

More than 89% of those travelers will take a trip by driving to their destinations. 

With more travelers in the Bay area, the risk of car crashes goes up on Thanksgiving Eve. 

In 2015, Florida Highway Patrol reported 325 crashes in the Bay area.

Compare those numbers to 2014, the numbers were higher with 354 and in 2013 there were 313 reported crashes.

All those crashes combined, there were 439 injuries. 

Julio Piazza owns Impex Auto Collision Center in Tampa, where the family-owned business sees an increase of those damaged cars after the long holiday weekend. 

"It trickles in about four to five days after the actual holiday," he said, "a lot of the cars end up in junk yards or in the tow yards so it takes a little time."

The twisted metal is a reminder that some people will get behind the wheel after partying on this known long holiday weekend for drinking.

"Keep in mind there are people that start partying early and all those things just add up to a bad recipe," said Piazza.