The holidays are here, and that means more time spent shopping and traveling. Both of these activities can lead to different types of accidents, both in stores and on the roads. Here are some common holiday accidents and how to avoid them so you can enjoy the holidays with less stress.
Increased Travel Dangers
The holidays mean more cars will be on the roads, even during the current pandemic. Add unpredictable weather and distractions to the increased traffic and you have the recipe for disaster. Always strive to be safe while you drive. Instead of sending out holiday greeting texts or calls while you are behind the wheel, put your phone away until you are safely parked.
Be even more aware of distracted drivers and maintain a safe distance behind the car in front of you. Road construction during the holidays can cause even more concern, so map out your route before you travel to avoid construction where possible. Children tend to pick up on the excitement of the season, so before you travel, make sure they have toys or books to keep them occupied.
Alcohol Influenced Accidents
The holidays are a cause for celebration, and for many, those celebrations include alcohol. If you plan to attend a gathering that includes alcohol, plan ahead by ordering a ride share or having a friend drive you home. This way you can enjoy your holiday party while keeping others and yourself safe on the road.
Be Safe While Shopping
It comes as no surprise that there is an increase in shopping during this time of year. Holiday shopping has become an important part of the American holiday experience and includes much more than buying gifts. Carolers, hot chocolate and light displays are plentiful, and can lead to injury-causing distractions. Keep your wits about you as you shop in crowded areas.
Retailers often bring in more stock to accommodate the increase in purchases, which means more stock is stacked on shelving. Try to avoid walking under shelving that seems to be too full or look unbalanced. If an aisle is crowded, wait until the crowd thins. It is easy to get pushed into unsafe shelving by other shoppers. Also, keep an eye out on the floor for items that can pose a tripping hazard.
Decorations make this season festive, but they also pose dangers. Make sure your Christmas tree is on a sturdy base to avoid it toppling over onto party guests or family members. Never use real candles on your tree, and make sure to extinguish all flames and unplug all decorations each night before you go to sleep. Be careful with space heaters and fireplaces. Make sure to keep space heaters away from flammable materials, and have your fireplace examined before use.
The stresses of 2020 have many of us looking forward to this holiday season more than before. By practicing safety, you will be able to celebrate and look forward to the new year. If you have been injured in a car, premises or faulty product accident through no fault of your own, call Ligori & Ligori today to schedule a consultation. Our experienced team can discuss the details of your case and help you pursue any compensation you may deserve.
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