The weather is cooling down, decorations are going up and you are starting to shop for gifts. These things all mean that the holiday season is in full swing yet again. While it may be the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be dangerous.
There are tens of thousands of holiday-related injuries every year. If you are curious about what causes so many accidents during the holidays, check out the list.
1. Slipping and falling due to snow and ice
Believe it or not, almost 30,000 patients were diagnosed with injuries caused by slipping on ice or snow during the 2016 holiday season. Property owners should be diligent in keeping their walking surfaces free of hazards. If you slip and fall in a parking lot, building entrance or sidewalk, you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit.
2. Shopping accidents
You will probably visit various shopping malls or other retail establishments during this time of year. When you do, be careful. Over 200 patients suffered injuries in shopping malls during the holiday season in 2016. Some common shopping accidents include the following:
- Slips, trips and falls due to wet floors, poor lighting, escalator malfunctions or torn carpets
- Head injuries due to falling displays, merchandise or advertising signs
- Trampling due to overcrowding
- Motor vehicle accidents in parking lots, including vehicles hitting pedestrians
Shopping for the holidays can be more than just stressful and overcrowded — it can land you in the hospital.
3. Car accidents
There are a lot of people traveling during the holiday season, which means you may have a higher risk of getting in a collision. The roads can be especially hazardous during the period from Thanksgiving to New Years, due to an uptick in drunk drivers. Always drive defensively — and try to avoid driving at night.
While you are buying gifts for the ones you love, do not forget to prioritize your own safety and well-being.