With lower gas prices, more people will be able to afford to travel home
for the holidays. While winter storm Cato may influence a traveler’s
decision to stay home instead, millions of American’s will nonetheless
keep their Thanksgiving travel plans.
Experienced Poughkeepsie personal injury attorneys know that people will be negligently injured over the Thanksgiving holiday
regardless if they stay at home or leave town to visit friends and family.
Armed with this knowledge, our attorneys seek to offer words of advice
to help keep people safe over the holiday.
There are three primary contributors to Thanksgiving accidents; alcohol,
negligent driving, and fires.
Alcohol Consumption Before, During, and After Thanksgiving Day:
Celebrating any holiday typically involves consuming alcohol. Luckily most
of us will do such responsibly. What can you do to keep yourself safe?
First, know that you can have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day without consuming
alcohol. If you are on medication or unaccustomed to drinking alcohol,
it is better to have soft drinks.
If you do chose to consume alcohol, limit your consumption so that you
do not become intoxicated or “buzzed”. Of course, do not drive
a vehicle if you have been drinking. Plan ahead and arrange for a ride
home or perhaps spend the night wherever you celebrated the Thanksgiving feast.
Since the majority of Thanksgiving travel will be done by driving to and
from one’s destination, motorists should understand that some motorists
chose to drive illegally, recklessly, and irresponsibly. While one can
only control one’s own actions, as compared to controlling the behavior
of others, consider the following advice for holiday travel.
Know that roadways will be congested. Leave early so that there is time
to drive slowly if necessary. Allowing yourself ample travel time also
reduces stress. Obey traffic regulations, keep a safe distance from cars
in front of you, and practice defensive driving. Of course,
never drive distracted, drowsy, or while under the influence of drugs and
Fire Safety and Food Safety:
Believe it or not, home fires are common on Thanksgiving. This is typically
related to deep frying turkeys. Cooking turkeys this way poses unique
dangers. First, a large amount of hot oil is needed to deep fry a turkey.
Sometimes the pot is over full and hot oil spills. If the bird is still
frozen, the hot oil can burst out of the pot. Be careful; wear loose clothing
and have a fire extinguisher on hand.
Also perform hygienic kitchen practices and proper cooking in general.
The USDA has great information on their website and there is even a USDA
hotline for poultry cooking advice.
Learn about other Thanksgiving safety tips and liability issues
in our article available here. Also read about Thanksgiving travel liability
in our blog post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
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