Every year, we look forward to Thanksgiving. A juicy turkey dinner shared with friends and family is the ideal way to transition to the December holiday spirit. Unfortunately, this is a time period that’s statistically infamous for the number of injuries and accidents that occur while celebrating. Below are four common Thanksgiving accidents and how you can avoid them.

  1. Slip and fall injuries

Crowded malls, Black Friday sales and frost-covered sidewalks all create hazardous conditions that can lead to slip and fall injuries, which range in severity from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones and traumatic brain injury. When you’re hitting the grocery stores or shopping centers, watch for tracked-in water or spills, as staff don’t always have time to clean the floors promptly.

  1. Turkey fryer burns

Turkey fryers are a staple of nearly every kitchen these days, and it’s easy to see why—they produce a delectably juicy turkey. However, they have also been the cause of many severe and even fatal burns. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 4,300 house fires occur every Thanksgiving, causing an average of 15 deaths. Many of these tragedies have been traced to the improper use of turkey fryers, so remain vigilant when using one and always follow the operating directions that came with the unit.

  1. Food poisoning

When not handled safely, under-cooked turkey presents a serious salmonella risk. Restaurants and supermarkets have a legal duty to ensure that the turkey they sell is prepared properly, so if you get food poisoning from poor food handling practices, then you may have a personal injury claim. If you purchase a turkey, then be sure to cook it thoroughly, and if you intend to eat out, inform your server if the meat looks too pink or uncooked.

  1. Car accidents

Statistically, the holiday weekends are especially dangerous times to be on the road. If you’re traveling out of town into an area you’re not as familiar with, then your eyes may be on your GPS more than the road ahead. It’s also an unfortunate fact that drunk driving accidents spike over the holidays, as more and more people get behind the wheel after having a few drinks.

Even if you don’t encounter a drunk driver, accidents can still occur due to distracted driving and high traffic volume. Keep your eyes on the road and drive at a safe speed if you have to travel during the holiday season.

If you are injured by a drunk driver, defective product, or unsafe food handling or premises maintenance condition, then contact a New York City personal injury attorney who can fight for the full compensation you deserve. When someone else’s carelessness or negligence causes you to be hurt, the right legal counsel will get you the settlement or award you need to recover physically and financially. Call the law offices of Jayson Lutzky, P.C. to schedule a free in person initial consultation if you were injured at Thanksgiving. You may be entitled to cash compensation for your injuries. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more.