The holidays are meant to be a time for family and celebration. With family gatherings, time off work, and the end of a (hopefully) prosperous year coming up, there’s plenty to celebrate. But as with all good things, there’s reason to take extra care during the holiday season.
There are plenty of potential dangers to watch out for, both inside and outside. The season’s major holidays are the biggest days for cooking fires happening in homes across the country. Thanksgiving Day is the peak for such fires, with Christmas Day and Christmas Eve coming in second and third place. The week from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day is also a time of heavy traffic and uncertainty on the roads, with many people traveling to see family and friends.
If you or a family member suffers an injury over the holiday season, contact the Khalidi Law Firm. We have over 20 years of experience helping injured people just like you. We will do all we can to ensure you get what you deserve. Don’t wait. Contact us to set up a consultation today.
Risk of Car Accidents
Far and away, car accidents are the most common danger of the holiday season. The safety of roads is uncertain in the best of times, but during the holidays a combination of factors leads to serious trouble. There are more cars on the road, drivers may have consumed more alcohol than usual, and seasonal weather conditions may prove hazardous.
When you take all these factors into consideration, the best way to avoid accidents this holiday season is to avoid drinking and driving. There’s no problem with getting merry at a Christmas or New Year’s celebration, but please, be smart about it. Pick a designated driver, get a taxi, or call an Uber. Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let your friends drink and drive.
If you’re taking a long-distance trip to see friends or loved ones this holiday season, don’t strain yourself. Take breaks at rest stops. Have a friend or spouse take the wheel if you start getting tired. Be smart, and make sure you get there safely. Prepare for the potential for traffic to move more slowly and have patience when it does. Perhaps plan extra time for travel. Frustrated drivers may become reckless and cause accidents, so it’s important to avoid reaching that level of frustration. If you’ll be driving in bad weather, plan ahead: leave early or wait until it passes. If you must drive in inclement conditions, plan for the trip to take longer.
Some of the most common in-home accidents involve alcohol. If you’ve had a few drinks and think it’s a good idea to go out on a ladder and put up the decorations, you may want to think twice about that. It’s wise to be cautious when using ladders anyway. Adding alcohol to the picture doesn’t help the situation.
It’s also smart to be careful when cooking. Make sure there’s always someone in the kitchen when the stove’s on, and make sure there’s always someone in the house when the oven’s on. Childproof your cooking area. Be mindful and we can all have a safe holiday season.
Injured this Holiday Season? Contact Us
While an injury over the holidays due to the negligence or reckless act of another certainly hurts the holiday spirit, we can help ease the burden as you recover. The Khalidi Law Firm has more than 20 years of experience helping injured persons in the Tucson area get the closure they deserve. Contact our Tucson personal injury lawyers at The Khalidi Law firm to find out if you have a case.