How to Stay Safe and Avoid Personal Injury During the Holidays

In 2021, it was estimated that 371 people had fatal car accidents on Christmas Day alone. With heavy snowfall, more people on the road than usual, and the increased chance of driving while intoxicated, it’s no wonder that the holiday season is a dangerous time of the year.

You don’t have to be one of these numbers. Understanding how to stay safe while celebrating the festivities with your friends and family will help you avoid injury. Continue reading for what to look for and how to plan for it.

Most Common Types of Injury During Holidays

It’s easy to get into the holiday spirit and forget all the potential hazards that are likely to occur during that special time. With visits to family, inclement weather, and all sorts of decorations to put up, you might not be thinking about personal injury. In fact, the holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year!

So before you rush out to the mall for this year’s gifts, let’s take a look at some common scenarios. The most common occurrences that could lead to injury during holidays include:

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  • Falls while decorating
  • Bad weather accidents
  • Holiday fires
  • Electrical shock
  • Back injuries

Why These Accidents Occur

It’s easy to understand why the holiday season can lead to injury. A combination of unsafe decorating practices and bad weather can cause people to fall off ladders, improperly connect electrical circuits, and make risky driving decisions.

With these in mind, let’s take a look at how we can avoid personal injury and stay safe during the holidays.

How to Stay Safe During Holidays

When trying to avoid injury during Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Years’, we can start by recognizing the two foundational causes: auto accidents and unsafe decorating practices.

With inclement weather and an exorbitant amount of people about, your driving skills will be put to the test. When going into town, make sure your passengers are wearing their seat belts and keep an eye out for distracted pedestrians. Drive slow, and if the weather isn’t safe, make the smart decision and postpone the trip.

To stay safe while decorating your home, always make sure to use a step ladder instead of furniture. Make sure all cords do not cross major pathways and familiarize yourself with the amount of voltage you are pulling. Take careful consideration of where you place candles, and always make sure to put them out before going to bed.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim

If you find yourself injured despite these safety practices, you have options. Filing a personal injury claim can cover you in the event of accidents or faulty decorations. 

Choosing the right lawyer to assist you can prove challenging. In cases of personal injury, we recommend working with hometown lawyers that know your community and local businesses. 

Your Local Birmingham Lawyer

To help you stay safe this holiday season, Townes + Woods is on your side. We also have experience in cases of auto accidents, real estate transactions, and elder law.

Contact us here for more info on our legal services.