Towards the end of November, millions of Americans kick-off the holiday season by sharing a flavorful feast with their beloved friends and family. Thanksgiving is a time to come together around the table and take a moment to acknowledge what you are truly grateful for.
However, for hundreds of people each year, what starts out as a festive holiday turns tragic. More people visit the emergency room during the end of the year holidays than any other time of year. The most common accidents on Thanksgiving that you need to be aware of include: motor vehicle accidents, fires and burns, slip and falls, and food poisoning.
Motor Vehicle Collisions
For most people, Thanksgiving means loading up the family car and heading out to visit family and friends. According to the NHTSA, the Thanksgiving holiday sees an increase in crashes and fatalities. In 2017, 528 people were killed in crashes during the holiday season, which officially starts at 6 p.m. the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to 5:59 a.m. on the following Monday. Although you cannot fully avoid a crash, the following precautions can increase your safety on the busy roads:
- Avoid speeding.
- Evade distractions while driving.
- Wear a seat belt and wear it properly.
- Make sure children properly buckled in the right seat belts for their age and size.
- Do not drive while you are under the influence of any alcohol or other substances.
Fires and Burns
There are more than three times as many home cooking fires on Thanksgiving than any other day. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 45 percent of home fire injuries and one-fifth of home fire deaths are caused by cooking accidents. The leading cause of cooking fires, especially during Thanksgiving, is unattended equipment like the popular turkey fryer.
If you plan to fry your turkey this holiday season, it is recommended to do so outside. If you experience a grease fire, use a lid to smother the flames or cover the fire with baking soda or flour. Grease fires cannot be extinguished with water. Also, you should keep flammable items like oven mitts away from the cooking area.
Slip and Falls
Cooking for a Thanksgiving feast can mean many trips to the grocery store. During this busy season, grocery stores are generally jam-packed with customers fighting for last minute items. Store employees may have a harder time keeping the floors clean, leading to more dangerous conditions and an increased potential for slip and fall injuries.
Food poisoning is common during the Thanksgiving season. If raw turkey is handled improperly, it can cause family and friends to become ill after consumption. Raw poultry is a hotbed for bacteria, leading to serious consequences such as salmonella poisoning.
If you or a loved one has been injured on Thanksgiving caused by the the negligence of another party, you should discuss your legal options with an attorney. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates have achieved over $135 million for their clients so far. For more information or to schedule a FREE consultation with one of the attorneys, call 949-558-3421.