Thanksgiving is all about being grateful for what you have, spending time with your loved ones, and eating delicious comfort food, right? While that may be the case, Thanksgiving is also one of the most dangerous holidays and days of the year, in general. This day of thanks marks the start of the busy holiday season, which often comes with serious accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, we see an increase in the number of accidents that take place during the busy holiday season. In fact, hospitals treat more patients from November to January than most other months. This is due to numerous factors, including drunk driving and serious kitchen accidents.

Although Thanksgiving is America’s favorite holiday (behind only Christmas), it seems more people end up in the emergency room than we’d like to think. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association states that home fires related to cooking are four times as likely to occur on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year.

Cooking accidents account for just a fraction of the serious Thanksgiving Day incidents, so let’s take a look at some of the other common problems and accidents:

Car Accidents

Many people travel on Thanksgiving, which is why car accidents are one of the most common accidents to take place on Thanksgiving. There are more drivers on the road at one time (because of holiday travels), increasing the chances of an accident happening exponentially. Furthermore, many people choose to get behind the wheel after drinking, resulting in a spike in the number of alcohol-related accidents. Inclement weather is also a factor in many areas of the country.

Slip and Fall Injuries

Many different shops – namely grocery stores – see an increase in the number of shoppers around Thanksgiving, resulting in serious slip and fall injuries. Some parts of the country are particularly susceptible to slip and fall accidents, as the snow and other wet weather can turn grocery store aisles and sidewalks into danger zones.


Thanksgiving is a cooking holiday, but unfortunately these big meals don’t always have a happy ending. Cooking and house fires are quite common during Thanksgiving, resulting in everything from minor to serious burns. Hospitals treat countless individuals for burns related to cooking to turkey and boiling a pot of potatoes to getting a jump start on putting up the holiday lights, resulting in an electrical fire.

Food Poisoning

This is one that many people don’t think about, but food poisoning is actually one of the leading causes of injury over Thanksgiving. This can happen from improper handling of raw poultry to improper storage of food items. If you find yourself violently ill hours after the Thanksgiving feast, there’s a chance you may have food poisoning.

If you have been involved in an accident or sustained an injury on Thanksgiving, please contact the Dallas personal injury lawyers at Rad Law Firm today.

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