Holiday Traffic AccidentsThe holidays are here again, and while it may be the most wonderful time of the year, ‘tis also the season for keeping our wits about us.

Unfortunately (and ironically), holidays see some of the highest rates of auto accidents and personal injuries throughout the entire year. Too many families end up spending their long-awaited Thanksgivings or Christmas Eves inside a hospital waiting room, and that’s something we don’t want anyone in our community to endure this year.

So which holidays are the most dangerous? And what can you do to protect yourselves?

According to U.S.A. Today, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July are the two most dangerous holidays for auto accidents in the United States.

Thanksgiving isn’t far behind, though, coming in at #3. Labor Day is at #4, New Year’s Eve at #5, and Christmas Day at #6. Reasons cited for the uptick in accidents during these times of celebration and remembrance include:

  • Increased alcohol use
  • Families traveling, often on unfamiliar roads
  • Inclement weather conditions during the winter holidays
  • Time off of work, resulting in a greater number of drivers on the roads

Of course, auto accidents aren’t the only yuletide concerns. Forbes lists a few other accidents that rear their ugly heads with surprising frequency around this time of year:

  • House fires, often caused by overcooked turkeys or overly dry Christmas trees
  • Electrical fires (holiday lights around the rooftop caused the Griswolds their fair share of problems, and they can do the same for you!)
  • Winter sports injuries

We might also add that slip and fall injuries become a real concern in retail outlets during this time of year. With so many people rushing through so many stores, it is important that storeowners and managers exercise due care to keep their property conditions safe for all who enter.

The holidays are a special time, and they’re meant to be enjoyed safely. We wish you all a happy Thanksgiving and a festive season to come thereafter. If you have questions about any mishaps that might arise over the next couple of months, just know that we’re here for you. Until then, may your days be merry and bright!