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3 Most Common Causes of Injuries on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is an exciting time for family and friends to get together and share what they’re grateful for. Large amounts of food and alcohol are also consumed, and there’s plenty of activity. The Thanksgiving holiday season can also be a dangerous time. In order to stay safe while you’re home cooking or traveling, you and your family should follow these safety tips.

3 Common Thanksgiving Day Injuries and How to Prevent Them

  1. Slip and falls. On Thanksgiving, many errands need to be run, and many people will be out and about scrambling to buy last minute items. Watch out in grocery stores, malls, and department stores for hazards on the ground. These places will most likely be extremely crowded and busy, so staff members will be slower to clean up spills. You should also be vigilant about any hazards on your kitchen floor and stairs in your own home, especially when you have guests over.
  2. Auto accidents. It has been statistically proven that Thanksgiving weekend is one of the deadliest times of the year to drive. Many people will be drinking and driving and not following basic traffic rules. There are also many car accidents due to the heavier traffic. Plan ahead if you plan on driving during this time. Never drink and drive or allow someone else to consume alcohol and get behind the wheel.
  3. Food poisoning. Many people believe that food poisoning is rare, but on Thanksgiving Day, it is extremely common with so many different dishes being consumed and cooked by different people and at different times. Raw meat can be a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria, and it can cause serious illnesses such as salmonella poisoning.

If you are injured during the Thanksgiving holiday, you should consider pursuing a personal injury claim if you believe someone else is responsible. Our firm at Walsh Woodard LLC has experience with representing auto accident victims in the Hartford area. Contact our Connecticut personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation and legal advice that you deserve.

Thanksgiving Weekend: Tips For Staying Safe

Thanksgiving weekend is quickly approaching. As personal injury attorneys, we know that the Thanksgiving weekend is perhaps the deadliest time to be traveling on the road. This time of year there are more people driving to visit friends and family than any other time of year. With an increase in the number of cars on the road comes an increase in the number car accidents.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during a recent Thanksgiving weekend, in excess of 300 individuals lost their lives in car accidents in the United States.Read More

Envisioning a Safe Thanksgiving

This year, AAA forecasts 42 million Americans will travel via automobile this Thanksgiving due to unusually low gas prices.  According to Forbes, the most dangerous holiday of the year is Thanksgiving because of auto accidents.  Alcohol is of course the leading concern but impaired vision is another.  We are not referring to distracted driving which is of course a serious problem, but the lesser cautioned driving with uncorrected vision problems.  Many people have poorer night time vision than day time vision according to The Vision Council, which contributes to a higher driving fatality rate between the hours of 6pm and 6am according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  So this Thanksgiving when you are preparing to drive to and from friends and family, no drinking and driving, no texting and driving and please wear your corrective lenses or let someone with better vision drive.

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