It only takes a minor injury to spoil your holiday plans. From distracted drivers and other dangers you may encounter while behind the wheel to disorganized shops, unsafe retail environments and the frantic dash associated with a sales blowout, staying safe during the holidays should always be a top priority. Being able to spot the hidden dangers and knowing what steps to take following an accident may help to ensure that you have a safe and happy holiday season.
Whether they are dashing off to the store or trying to hurry through their travel plans, the holidays typically see a sharp increase in traffic. You are also more likely to be sharing the road with drivers who may be distracted or suffering from exhaustion, so it pays to be extra cautious. Retail parking lots can be especially dangerous as determining right-of-way is less straightforward and drivers may be in an even greater hurry once their destination is in sight.
Don’t expect the potential safety hazards and other hidden dangers to end once you have made it into the store. Holiday retailers are notorious for overtaxing their staff. Shops and retailers who lack the staff needed to effectively manage the environment may have inventory scattered across the floors or crowds packed in so tightly that someone can easily suffer an injury from being pushed, shoved or jostled around. Being understaffed can lead to spills and merchandize on the floor. Having to contact a personal injury attorney in order to deal with the aftermath of an accident is not uncommon during the chaos of a holiday blowout or other sales event.
Seasonal weather conditions can be treacherous in and of themselves. Trying to drive on icy roads or attempting to lift and carry parcels and luggage across snowy driveways and sidewalks could be far more dangerous than you might think. The combination of winter weather, packed crowds and the rush to get everything done in time for an upcoming holiday means that even the most mundane tasks may involve greater risk.
Dealing with an Accident After the Fact
While remaining cautious and vigilant is typically enough to ensure a safe holiday, accidents can and do happen. Knowing which actions to take following an injury is not an issue that should be left to chance. Assessing the situation following an accident, taking steps to ensure that any injuries suffered will be promptly treated and even seeking legal assistance should you need to file a suit or insurance claim could all be essential concerns in the event that you find yourself involved in an accident this holiday season.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.