Tips From An Injury Attorney
The holidays are full of joy, memories and fellowship. They are a time to celebrate with friends and family. However, holiday accidents and injuries are common.
From rushing to arrive at Christmas dinner at your parents on time to getting distracted while frying the turkey, accidents happen. And they can certainly put a damper on the holiday spirit.
Prevention and awareness are key to staying safe over the holidays, for yourself, your guests and other drivers.
Here are four common holiday hazards and ways to avoid them.
4 Common Holiday Accidents
1. Motor Vehicle Accidents: In the winter, roads are prone to leaves, ice, snow and sleet. It’s important to pay attention to speed limits, signs and traffic signals in poor driving conditions, even if you are already 20 minutes late to your church’s Christmas Eve service. Take your time, stay alert, and mind other motorists.
Additionally, the holiday season is full of parties. Please drive sober and offer to provide safe rides to others if you are able. The Thanksgiving holiday is the most traveled holiday of the year. The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s weekend is considered to be one of the most dangerous times to be on the roads, and many accidents often involve alcohol.
2. Slip And Fall Accidents: Slip and fall accidents can be extremely dangerous, especially for older adults and young children. Holiday decorations, Christmas lights, extension cords and even loose wrapping can pose a hazard. The Electrical Safety Foundation (ESF) estimates more than 6,000 fall injuries result from holiday decorations, with another 4,000 resulting from tripping over extension cords.
The majority of falls that take place during the holidays are falls from ladders (i.e. hanging or removing Christmas lights).
You should also take the same precautions when out of your home. For instance, while doing Black Friday shopping or last-minute grocery shopping, watch your step and keep an eye out for other shoppers.
3. Premises Liability Accidents: When you open your home to guests, take the time to inspect your house. Make sure rugs and mats are secure. Check outdoor steps and decks for snow, ice or moisture. Clean up after opening gifts.
If small children will be at your home, secure stairwells and areas like the kitchen and basement with baby gates. Hide cords and wires behind furniture or tack them to the wall, too.
In the event someone is injured at your home, many homeowner’s insurance policies cover the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages as a result of the injury
- Reimbursement for pain and suffering
However, not all homeowner’s insurance policies offer the same amount or type of coverage. Check with your insurance provider before hosting festivities so you understand what you could be held liable for.
4. Fires And Burn Accidents: Christmas trees and holiday decorations cause more than 400 fires a year, according to the ESF. Test smoke detectors and fire alarms at your home. Keep your fireplace and chimney clean of debris. Do not leave the stove or oven unattended. Do not light candles or place space heaters near the Christmas tree.
If you are concerned about open flames but don’t want to sacrifice the holiday ambiance, opt for battery-operated candles rather than wax candles.
Do You Need A Personal Injury Attorney?
If you or a loved one suffers an injury over the holidays, contact The VanDeLoo Firm. Whether you are hurt after slipping and falling at a public place like the mall or are injured while cooking, our experienced lawyers will review your case and inform you of your rights. If hazardous conditions cause you to become injured on someone else’s property, the property owner could be held liable. If you suffer a serious burn while cooking as a result of a malfunctioning product, the manufacturer could be held responsible. Or, if someone crashes into your car after drinking and driving at a holiday party, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and property damage.
The VanDeLoo Firm specializes in personal injury, including slip and fall accidents, auto accidents and product defects, and we are fully equipped to take on your case. We help Plano, Allen, Frisco and McKinney residents with their personal injury needs. Call (972) 200-5080 for a free initial consultation.
But please, be careful this holiday season!