The day after Thanksgiving—also known as Black Friday—is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. And although many deals have moved online and are available in the days leading up to and after Black Friday, millions of shoppers throughout the U.S. still wake up early to wait in line for the hottest deals.
Aside from being potentially hazardous to your wallet, Black Friday can even be hazardous to your health. Every year, there are reports of shoppers being seriously injured or even killed due to doorbuster frenzies and mobs of people swarming big-box retailers and department stores.
To protect yourself and your loved ones during Black Friday shopping, follow these tips:
- Don’t drive if you’re exhausted. Driving while exhausted is dangerous, but many Black Friday shoppers view it as a badge of honor. If you feel sleepy behind the wheel, pull over and let someone else drive, or turn around and go home.
- Be careful in the parking lot. Whether you’re driving or walking, be cautious when in store or mall parking lots—especially if it’s still dark outside. Parking lots can be exceptionally busy on Black Friday, and people are in a rush, which can lead to accidents.
- Avoid doorbuster sales that don’t involve ticket systems. Many retailers issue tickets for their top doorbuster sales. That helps prevent people from rushing towards sale items when doors open. If a store doesn’t offer tickets, stay away, as it could lead to trampling and serious injuries.
Sam Aguiar Lawyers wants to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and we hope everyone stays safe on Black Friday. If you or a loved one is injured through no fault of your own while shopping or at any other time, we want to help. Call our Louisville car accident lawyers today for a free consultation.