Thanksgiving is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States
of America. Millions of Americans were raised in this tradition, it is
a recognized federal holiday, the home cooked food is amazing, and people
from all walks of life enjoy a much needed reunion with friends and family.
Experienced Kingston personal injury attorneys will enjoy the holiday as well. The festivities can only be truly enjoyed
if all celebrants complete the holiday without incident and injury. This
is easier said than done unfortunately.
Accidents and injuries do not stop occurring simply because it is a national
holiday. In fact, motor vehicle accidents continue to occur, as do alcohol
related accidents. Cooking related accidents spike around the time of
Thanksgiving. And of course, those of us in the Kingston area and in other
points in the Hudson Valley regions of New York know that the weather
can be foul and dangerous.
With this said, New York residents can protect themselves from potential
harm by practicing some simple safety rules.
The potential for being harmed in an alcohol related event exists every
day in Kingston, but the fear of such is especially heightened around
Thanksgiving time. This is because many people will consume alcohol over
the holiday, some of whom normally do not consume alcohol.
A drunk and or “buzzed” driver can be held accountable to the
victims he or she injures in an alcohol related
car accident. This may seem obvious to some, but what is less obvious is that other
people can be held accountable for those harms as well. For example, New
York has dram shop laws that which aim to hold accountable those establishments
who sell alcohol to patrons that end up harming others.
Staying safe means that one must hold oneself to the tenets of responsible
driving; one must behave responsibly in general; and everyone must be
alert to the potential for danger.
Motorists face many other dangers in addition to drunk driving and weather
concerns. Millions of Americans will hit the roadways around the Thanksgiving
holiday, driving to and from their destinations. Road congestion increases
the potential for motor vehicle accidents.
The best practices you can observe in getting to and from your destinations
safely are: defensive driving; seatbelt use; obeying the speed limit and
other vehicle and traffic regulations; only drive after having ample rest;
take frequent breaks; and never use a mobile device while driving.
A frequently overlooked source of injury on Thanksgiving is cooking related
accidents. First and foremost, raw turkey can be quite dangerous if not
stored, handled, and cooked properly. Hosts on Thanksgiving Day should
be sure to refrigerate their turkey while it thaws and cook it to the
proper standards. Food preparation surfaces should be keep sanitized as
well. Lastly, home chefs should take measures to properly store leftovers
so that bacterium does not infect the food after the holiday passes.
For those people frying turkeys, know that thousands of homes experience
fires related to deep frying turkeys. Grease fires erupt quickly and are
hard to extinguish. It is definitely a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher
in the house. Also ensure that smoke detectors are in proper working order.
Increased Dangers on Black Friday
Of course, a thorough discussion about Thanksgiving should also include
dangers on Black Friday. Everyone knows that this is the day that tens
of millions of Americans hit the stores and shopping malls to get the
best deals of the year on any number of consumable goods. Black Friday
has become notorious as being chaotic and dangerous.
Not only will people be negligently injured while driving, shoppers are
known to be seriously injured and even killed in the stores at which they
shop. Most notable are trampling accidents that happen at stores. But
people have been shot dead while Christmas shopping.
The best practices for keeping oneself safe include staying calm, avoiding
congested areas, and perhaps waiting until another day to shop. Saving
a few dollars is not worth personal injury.