While most of us spend the holiday season enjoying time with family and
friends, many of us don’t realize that this time of year is also
the most dangerous. In the midst of putting up decorations and attending
various holiday functions, it can be easy to forget to take simple precautions
to ensure you’re being as safe as possible this holiday season.
In this blog, our Long Island personal injury attorney explains the most
common holiday-related accidents and injuries.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Especially in areas that experience snowy and icy weather conditions, slip
and fall accidents are among the most common accidents and injuries during
the winter months. Although property owners have a duty to uphold to keep
their property at a reasonably safe condition, some homeowners and business
owners fail to tend to the upkeep of their walkways and entrances, which
can be especially slippery and result in a slip and fall accident.
Lighting candles can create a warm and welcoming environment, but if you’re
not careful, they can quickly turn into a fire hazard. Keep candles in
sturdy candle holders and away from flammable holiday decorations and
Christmas trees, as well as out of reach from children and pets. According
to the National Fire Protection Association, Christmas tree fires are
more fatal than typical house fires – one in every 34 reported house
fires started by Christmas trees result in fatality.
Drunk Driving Accidents
Poor weather conditions can lead to an increase in accidents, but when
icy roads mix with drunk drivers, the end result can be devastating. If
you’re attending a holiday gathering and plan to be drinking, determine
who will be your designated driver. If you find yourself involved in an
accident caused by a drunk driver, and wish to pursue legal action for
your injuries, you should contact a Long Island personal injury attorney
to discuss your legal options.
At Laurence A. Silverman, Esq., our personal injury attorneys have more
than 40 years of combined legal experience and are available 24/7 to address
your needs and concerns. Call (631) 925-2117 to
request your case evaluation.