Each year, the Black Friday weekend becomes a bigger event than it was the year before. This year, several big retailers have even opened their doors on Thanksgiving Day. With sales so big, the biggest shopping weekend of the year will be busy. More than 140 million people are expected to be out this Black Friday weekend shopping. If you are one of those die-hard bargain hunters and will be amongst the masses this Black Friday weekend, you need to be prepared. The task of getting to and from different stores and maneuvering around parking lots on Black Friday weekend will not only be a challenge, it could be down right dangerous. The last thing on any shopper’s list is to get into an accident. To make sure your shopping trip is memorable and safe, please follow these golden safety rules:
- Thou shall drive slowly: Store and mall parking lots will likely be filled to capacity with eager shoppers. It is important to drive slowly to avoid hitting a car that is backing out of a parking space. Besides, you will miss out on all the deals if you get into a fender bender before you even park your car.
- Thou shall be alert: Make sure that you are looking not only for cars but also pedestrians. Parking lots on Black Friday can be hazardous places, with shoppers darting between cars, often in the pre-dawn darkness.
- Thou shall drive defensively: Black Friday deals tend to bring out the worst in some people. If you recall back in 2008, a Walmart employee died in NY after being trampled by a crowd eager to get their hands on limited numbers of heavily discounted merchandise. Therefore, when driving on Black Friday weekend, you need to have your wits about you. Most likely you will encounter a few aggressive drivers. But you do not have to behave as they do. Drive defensively and you will have a much better chance of surviving Black Friday weekend unscathed.
- Thou shall remain calm: The deals may not be the only thing that are red hot on Black Friday—your temper may red hot as well. If someone “steals” your parking spot, let it go and find another one. If someone cuts in front of your car a little too close for comfort, try to relax. Now is not the time for road rage. If you find yourself getting a little hot under the collar, try to breathe and remember why you are out in the first place— to snag a bargain and to have fun!
- Thou shall not be distracted: Black Friday is no time to be on your cell phone while driving. Talking or texting while driving can only lead to trouble. Drivers that are texting while driving are more than 20 times more likely to be involved in a serious accident than drivers who do not text.
A car accident happens when you least expect it and can change your life forever. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident or struck by a car during the Black Friday weekend, you need a skilled Oklahoma Injury Attorney who can be a zealous advocate for your rights. The seasoned Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center understand will do whatever is necessary to obtain justice for you and will not stop until they achieve it. To find out how The Handley Law Center can help you, schedule a free and completely confidential consultation by calling (405) 295-1924. Our team of experienced Oklahoma Injury Attorneys strive to provide each client with premium personal service.