The holiday season is officially upon us. For many, this means enjoying festive food and attending family gatherings, but for a Miami personal injury attorney, it often means an uptick in cases due to an unfortunate increase in accidents. As such, our attorneys are familiar with some of the most common incidents that lead to personal injury claims, and are sharing them to help you be safer this holiday season.
On the Roads
The hustle and bustle of the holidays can pose a great deal of danger. The roads are especially busy this time of year, with many out shopping for gifts or traveling to visit friends and family. This can quickly lead to careless or distracted behavior, which can cause serious accidents. Making matters worse, there are more intoxicated drivers behind the wheel during this time of year. So, how does one prevent accidents stemming from these hazards? Here are some tips:
- Never drive while under the influence. We are not suggesting that you cannot drink at holiday parties, but it is important to drink responsibly and have a plan. Prior to heading out for the evening, determine how you plan to get home if you will be drinking. There are plenty of options available, from electing a designated driver, utilizing public transportation, or calling a taxi or transportation service via an app – and each is better than getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
- Maintain your focus. Simply because you haven’t been drinking, does not free you of the added dangers present on the road this time of year. Therefore, it is essential to be vigilant and avoid careless behaviors, such as speeding, texting while driving, and so on.
- Be a good host. Though you may not necessarily be on the roads following your holiday party, you can still do your part to prevent accidents resulting from it. If you are serving alcohol, be sure to remain sober yourself and monitor the amount of drinks your guests have. You might even consider hiring a bartender who is trained in identifying when a guest may have had too much to drink. Also, it is important to serve plenty of food and nonalcoholic beverages as well. Finally, be prepared to put your foot down if an intoxicated individual attempts to drive home. Not only will you be protecting your loved one’s life, you’ll also save yourself from a potential lawsuit by preventing your guest from injuring others.
Many would be surprised to learn that even their home is more dangerous during the holiday season. Whether you are hosting others or attending a holiday gathering, here are two key dangers to watch out for:
- Decoration dangers – When stringing up lights or climbing on your roof to decorate, the potential for an accident is always there. With this in mind, you should practice extreme caution when decorating for the holidays. This includes being mindful of certain décor items which may pose hazards for children and pets, such as certain plants.
- Fire hazards – Speaking of lights, those who celebrate Christmas should take the steps needed to prevent Christmas tree fires. For instance, the lights on the tree should be turned off at night and when no one is home. Even those who do not celebrate the holiday may encounter increased fire hazards when cooking for family celebrations. As is true for any other time of the year, it is important to be cautious and attentive when cooking.
Please keep in mind that these tips do not guarantee that you will avoid the accidents discussed in this blog. Therefore, we encourage you to be cautious as you celebrate the holidays with loved ones in the coming weeks. If you are the victim of an accident, a Miami personal injury attorney at Graham Legal can help you seek justice. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation.