5 Holiday Season Personal Injuries and How To Avoid Them This Year
With Thanksgiving over and the holiday season in full bloom, the Atlanta personal injury attorneys affiliated with Fast Help want to help everyone avoid common personal injuries that occur during this time of the year.
Although car accidents, slip and fall incidents, and burns increase between November and January, there are other potential health hazards that families throughout Atlanta should be aware of.
Top 5 Holidays Season Personal Injuries
The following hazards affect the health of thousands of families and individuals throughout Atlanta each year but can be prevented if approached carefully.
The primary causes of car accidents during the holiday season are intoxicated and distracted drivers. Although it may be tempting to have a few drinks with colleagues at the holiday work party or at a family member’s home, remember that there are other people who you may seriously hurt in the event of an accident.
If you plan on drinking, consider asking a friend to serve as a designated driver, call a cab, or order an Uber using your smartphone device. The potential legal and emotional consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol are too significant to be ignored.
Poor wiring and cheap product materials can cause house fires or harm users depending on the circumstances. Make sure to review the wiring of your holiday lights before you turn them on.
Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
Atlanta is not prone to snowstorms, but the temperature can drop below the freezing limit, creating icy roads and sidewalks. Make sure to check out your surrounding environment if you need to walk outside and pay especially close attention to areas that have snow or ice.
Another significant contributor to slip and fall accident injuries during the holidays are ladders used to hang lights around the house. Make sure that the ladder you use has all of its rungs, that the rungs are not slippery, and that you have someone with you to hold the ladder steady when in use.
Lifting Heavy Objects
Carrying heavy, over sized objects is another contributor to personal injuries this time of the year as families bring home Christmas trees and other large items. Make sure to ask for help when carrying such objects and use proper safety equipment when approaching items that weigh over 50 pounds.
Criminal Injury Claims
Although this particular concern does not directly affect your health, criminal complaints do increase during the holidays, most of which fall under personal violations. This year, make sure to avoid any temptations that potentially see you approach someone affectionately without their explicit consent.
Contact Fast Help In Case Of An Accident
If you do find yourself in the middle of an accident that causes your harm, contact the Personal Injury Attorneys at Fast Help to learn more about your legal rights. Dial (404) 592-0318 to speak with an experienced attorney 24 hours a day, seven days a week.