Thanksgiving is nearly here and Christmas is coming right afterwards! However, this time of year may not be easy for your pets. The holidays can be a stressful time for both dogs and their owners. Anecdotally, reports of dog bites appear to increase during the holiday season and is often appears to be due, in part, to dogs being exposed to an increase in movement, activity, and exposure to unfamiliar people. These unknown people and situations can be frightening to dogs, and may make them appear defensive and more prone to biting people. In order to keep both pets and owners safe this holiday season, our law firm has a few tips to offer:
As you may be aware, Thanksgiving Day is one of the most dangerous days of the year to be on the road. As the holiday is fast approaching, it is a good time to remind others to take care as they plan their Thanksgiving holiday travel. According to USA Today, "During each Thanksgiving week from 2005-2010, the average number of traffic fatalities nationwide was 798; for all other weeks, the average was 748, according to a new University of Alabama analysis of federal data on road deaths." Additionally, car crashes, in general, tend to rise to about 25% above the average on Thanksgiving as compared to other days during the year.
Prepare for the upcoming holiday travel! According to state statistics, the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the deadliest times of the year to be on the road. Other holidays that top the list include July 4th (the all-time highest holiday for accidents across the nation) and Labor Day. However, in Pennsylvania, Thanksgiving surpasses all other holidays in terms of the number of motor vehicle accidents. According to an online news source, via the Pennsylvania Medical Society, "counting July 4 as well as the days just prior and afterwards, the Independence Day holiday was second in crashes (3,051 in 2010) and third in deaths (50). Labor Day and days surrounding the holiday was third in crashes (3,013) and second in deaths (51). The Thanksgiving holiday season topped both rankings for crashes (4,352) and deaths (55)." Most of our state's accidents occur in the counties of Philadelphia, Allegheny, Lancaster, Bucks, and Westmoreland.
To read more of their report, please click this link.Car accidents are a very real danger when driving, no matter on the highway or on a secluded country road. The physical and psychological damage caused by car accidents can be extensive and result in years of medical and professional care. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash that was the fault of another, Attorney Doug Stoehr would be willing to set up a free consultation to discuss a possible legal claim involving your accident. Attorney Stoehr has experience litigating personal injury claims relating to car crashes, and if you would like to meet with him, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.