Common Holiday Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Common Holiday Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Many people spend the holiday season with friends and family. Whether that means decorating the house, baking treats, or getting gifts, there will be many activities happening during this time. While this is an exciting time for most, it’s also important for families to consider safety issues as they prepare for these events.

Accidents and injuries can still happen. In fact, some happen more during the holiday season. Knowing some of the most common ones could help prevent them to ensure you and your family stay safe and your holidays bright.

Dangerous Driving and Road Conditions

Many of us will be making plans with friends and family for the holiday season. It’s important to remember that texting while driving as well as talking on the phone without a hands-free device are both illegal in the state of California. While it can be tempting to get distracted with holiday-planning while driving, you should have your full attention on the road while driving, and the rest can wait.

Since many people will be traveling for the holiday season, the number of cars on the road will be much higher than normal, which can increase the risk of car collisions. In addition, the weather is colder and California receives more rain during the winter. With all these factors in mind, you can reduce the risk of accidents by reducing your speed and keeping full awareness to your driving.

Mishaps at the Mall

The holidays are one of the all-time highest shopping seasons. People rushing to buy gifts for their friends and family members, and crowds form in an instant. Injuries in store and malls are common during this time of year, as many don’t realize the severity of injuries that can be sustained.

As many drivers have experienced at some point in our lives, drivers can spend quite some time waiting for a parking spot to open up. This can lead to frustration and a lack of patience for other cars and pedestrians. It’s important to remember to keep speeds extremely low in crowded parking lots. Especially with how vulnerable pedestrians are, always pay attention to those around you and never take your eyes off the road.

Fires and Burns

Overloaded electrical circuits increase significantly during this time of year. With the multiple of lights and festive decorations that people put up in the spirit of the holidays, there’s an increase in the risk of a fire. The flammability of Christmas trees only increases this risk as well. Try not to leave your lights on constantly, and unplug them during the late night or early morning when others are asleep.

Accidents and injuries are almost never anticipated, but in case they are, you can always count on The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus. We’ve been representing personal injury victims in Los Angeles for years and helping them seek the maximum amount of compensation they deserve.

If you’ve sustained an injury due to the negligence of another and would like to seek compensation, contact our firm at (800) 905-8777 for a no-fee consultation.

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