Christmas is here and by now, most households have unboxed the holiday tree and twinkling lights. You are probably wrapping up your Christmas shopping list and already secured your holiday dinner menu. Christmas is a time of celebration and tradition. It’s a time of good memories and spending quality time with family and friends. So, suffering an injury during the holiday season can put a damper on everyone’s mood and even ruin the whole season. Recognizing the most common Christmas-related injuries can help you and your family stay safe this year.
Slips, Falls, and Trips
Slips, falls, and trips are common during the Christmas season. Not only do many stores have wires leading to extravagant holiday displays, but you may even have your own loose wires lying around. Slip and fall accidents are also more common during the winter months as people track snow indoors, which eventually melts and can become slippery.
Car accidents also tend to increase during the Christmas season. You may spend more time driving to shopping malls or holiday parties. Drunk driving is always a possibility as people leave holiday parties after a few drinks. Of course, the winter weather during the holiday season also makes driving more dangerous.
People tend to spend more time in the kitchen during the Christmas season. Baking is one of the most popular ways to celebrate the holidays and is a cherished tradition for many. Some people may even light candles during holiday dinners. Even holiday lights that aren’t installed properly may be a burn risk.
Gifting is one of the most popular ways to celebrate the holidays. This means that most households will have their fair share of new products. In the hustle and bustle of the season, many may not review safety instructions. Defects to the product itself can also be a risk, as are improper safety manuals.
There are few other times during the winter when the number of pedestrians out and about increases. Pedestrians may be injured while crossing busy parking lots. Pedestrians who enjoy their daily walk may be at an increased risk with more drivers on the road. Busy shopping malls can also lead to busier intersections, which may make it more difficult for pedestrians to use crosswalks safely.
Distracted Driving Accidents
Many people are distracted during the Christmas season. Holiday plans, dinner menus, shopping lists, and normal daily tasks fill our minds, making the month of December one of the busiest. This can lead to more cases of distracted driving, especially as drivers respond to text messages or emails when driving.
The holiday season should be enjoyable and free of risk. Take these few steps to reduce your risk and stay safe this year. Take extra care to tie up loose wires when hanging your holiday lights. Make it a point to remove snow and ice walkways soon after a snowstorm. Avoid distractions and alcohol when driving. Carefully look at any new products children may receive this holiday season before allowing them to use them alone. Keep a lookout for pedestrians, especially in busier areas like parking lots or walkways.
Contact a Hackensack Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Christmas Injuries Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to Christmas injuries such as a pedestrian or car accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Camili Law, LLC represent clients injured because of an accident in Hackensack, North Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Hasbrouck Heights, and throughout New Jersey. Call (551) 282-9311 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 411 Hackensack Avenue, Suite 200, Hackensack, NJ 07601, as well as offices in Little Falls, Newark, and New Brunswick, NJ.
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