During Thanksgiving, you should be focused on spending time with family and friends. From the endless buffets of food to football games and great conversation, there’s plenty to enjoy on Thanksgiving Day. However, there is an equal number of risks for injury in addition to the festivities. So, while you’re out enjoying the holiday, make sure that you’re aware of the common accidents and what you can do to avoid them.
Motor Vehicle Collisions
Car accidents reach their peak around holiday season. That is because there are more vehicles on the road. Thanksgiving is a busy travel day for local roads and highways. So, the chance of being involved in a motor vehicle accident increases.
While you cannot control other drivers, you can do your part to avoid causing a collision. That includes being aware of your surroundings, driving appropriately for the weather, and never driving while under the influence.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Most grocery store chains will be busy for the holidays, which means excessive foot traffic, grocery store employees in the middle of aisles trying to restock, and product spills. During these busier shopping times, there is an increased propensity for slip and fall accidents.
Also, during the colder temperatures, ice and water can build up in parking lots, on sidewalks, and even in driveways. These increase the likelihood of someone experiencing a slip and fall accident.
Burns can happen from cooking dinner indoors, a house fire, and even a turkey fryer. A person can avoid these types of injuries just by exercising caution while cooking. That includes keeping small children away from open flames and stovetops, having a fire extinguisher inside the house (and close to the kitchen), and using all cooking vessels correctly.
Food poisoning is common during the holidays, especially when dealing with raw turkeys. Whether you’re cooking the meal yourself or eating at someone’s house, be cautious about food safety. That includes not letting food sit out longer than two hours maximum, cooking turkeys to the right internal temperature, and always washing up after handling raw meats.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney for Your Thanksgiving Accidents
If you sustained a serious injury this Thanksgiving due to someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact The Law Offices of B. Clarke Nash, P.C. to explore your options today. Schedule your free consultation by calling 912-200-5292 or fill out our online contact form with your legal questions.