Thanksgiving is coming up soon, a much anticipated time of the year for many. It’s a great holiday that allows family and friends to get together and share and show their thankfulness. Unfortunately, it also marks a time of year when there is an uptick in the occurrence of certain accidents that can result in injuries. It’s important to know about the most common Thanksgiving Day injuries and how to avoid them.
Car accidents tend to occur more frequently during the Thanksgiving holiday. There are a lot more vehicles on the roads, and some of these areas may be unfamiliar to certain drivers who are traveling to a loved one’s home for the holiday. Also, due to darkness coming earlier, many drivers can end up in an accident while having limited visibility.
Unfortunately, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), many of the accidents taking place during Thanksgiving result in fatalities. People are urged to always use their seatbelts and drivers should ensure that their tires are properly inflated and their windshield wipers are working properly with the right fluid.
Slips and Falls
Slip and fall injuries are also common during Thanksgiving. They can range from small bruises to muscle or nerve damage to bone fractures or breaks. Usually, these injuries are more likely to happen on Black Friday due to the crazy rush to stores to snag cheaply priced holiday gifts.
Store staff may have more difficulty cleaning up spills as a result of their increased workload and the sheer number of shoppers, which increases the risk for a slip and fall accident. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings at all times so you can avoid stepping into a slippery situation.
House Fires and Burns
While there is a lot of cooking done on Thanksgiving, this also increases the risk of a fire in the home. People are often drinking alcohol and interacting with family members and getting easily distracted. This can lead to a kitchen fire. Fireplace accidents can also occur if the fireplace is poorly maintained. These accidents can result in serious injuries and even death.
Never neglect your kitchen while cooking and keep anything flammable away from open flames. You should also keep a working fire extinguisher handy in the event of a fire and ensure that your fireplace is well-maintained by a professional.
Food poisoning is also common during Thanksgiving. If food is not properly cooked or stored, it can lead to illness. Salmonella or e-coli poisoning can be serious, especially in young children and pregnant women, who can suffer kidney failure. Always ensure that food is prepared in a sterile, clean area and that meat is thoroughly cooked before consuming it.
If you live in Houston, Texas area and suffer Thanksgiving holiday injuries, make sure to obtain a personal injury attorney who can help you pursue your financial recovery.
Contact Stern Law Group at (877) 661-9900 to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.