For some, the early morning sprint to stores on Black Friday is as much of a Thanksgiving tradition as watching your favorite characters float down Central Avenue in the Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you’re braving the crowds in search of those great deals this year, a little preparation can go a long way in keeping you safe and out of harm’s way. Here’s what you need to know:
- On the Road
- In the Parking Lot
- In the Store
On the Road
Here’s some simple math: more people out on the roads and highways compared to other times of year, plus out-of-towners (and their unfamiliarity with the area), equals higher-than-normal traffic congestion. Plus, add in a dose of seasonal stress and the likelihood of automobile accidents increases.
Remember, focus on the driving, not your to-do list. Anticipating shifts in traffic patterns and watching for aggressive drivers can make for a less stressful day all around. If you do witness dangerous driving, call local law enforcement. When people start the party early and hit the roads, it can be a recipe for disaster.
In the Parking Lot
According to insurance companies, Black Friday ranks at the top of the list for parking lot fender benders. People are often stressed, distracted and not well rested – all factors which lead to less-than-optimal decision making.
Be patient and alert when looking for a parking space. Speeding up to catch that coveted empty space before someone else does can lead to an accident, especially if weather conditions aren’t ideal. Remember, icy patches can be hiding in plain sight.
In the Store
If you’ve purchased a large item, ask for assistance to get it to your vehicle. Items with big, bulky packaging aren’t just difficult to carry, they can also block line-of-sight, leading to slip-and-fall injuries. Slip-and-fall incidents in large retailers are unfortunately common; however, most consumers aren’t aware of their rights.
Property owners have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their customers, visitors and employees. However, the large crowds associated with Black Friday sales can increase the likelihood of an accident inside stores. Besides the mess, the latte someone spilled can cause a fellow shopper to slip and fall. Alert store employees of unsafe situations immediately.
The lawyers of Dale E. Anstine have represented thousands of car accidents and personal injury cases in the York, Gettysburg and Hanover areas. Our personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and experience to stand up to major insurance companies and seek the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact us today for your free consultation if you have been injured in a car accident or because of a slip and fall. Consultations are always free, we are available 24/7, and there’s no fee unless we win for you.