Thanksgiving is one of the busiest weekends of the year. Across the country, people travel far and near to visit with family, see old friends, and score great shopping deals. Unfortunately, the busy weekend is also prime time for crime in many communities. Each year, thousands of people face traffic violations and arrests instead of eating turkey.
Here, we are going to take a look at the three most common problems that can happen over Thanksgiving weekend and how you can avoid them.
During family gatherings, people feast on turkey, pie, and plenty of drink over just a few hours. After the festivities are over, they take to the road and drive home – many of them with a BAC well over the legal limit. Over the past five years, over 800 people died due to drinking and driving accidents. This holiday, if you choose to partake in alcoholic beverages at your family gathering, make a choice not to drink and drive. Uber and taxis are always available to shuttle you home.
Nearly 40 million drive to their family gatherings over Thanksgiving weekend. With so many people on the road, traffic violations will inevitably occur. One of the most common traffic violations is speeding, which causes many fatal accidents over the holiday. If you choose to drive to your Thanksgiving celebration, be sure to give yourself enough time to get there safely. Traveling at the proper speed will help your family, and many others have something to be thankful for.
Black Friday Shopping
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the busiest shopping day of the year. On average, over 50 million people go shopping in stores on Black Friday. According to a National Safety Council poll found that “two-thirds – 66 percent – of drivers would make phone calls while driving through a parking lot, and 56 percent would text.” Distracted walking is also a serious safety issue. With the increase in traffic in and around parking lots and parking garages during the holiday shopping season, both drivers and pedestrians need to pay close attention. Slower speeds in parking lots do not mean you are safe.
Have A Safe & Happy Thanksgiving From Patch & FitzGerald
At Patch & FitzGerald, we want you and your family to have a happy holiday weekend. While you are traveling, we advise you to take every precaution to get to and from your destination safely. However, we know you can’t control the actions of others. Therefore, if you find yourself in an accident at no fault of your own this holiday weekend, you should know we are here for you.
For over thirty years, Attorney John FitzGerald has been helping the people of New Hampshire. We understand the intricacies of the personal injury process. We can help you win the settlement you deserve for your injuries, missed work, and pain and suffering.
Call us 603-647-2600 or contact us online today. Always a free initial consultation.