The month of December wraps up with three major holidays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. Each of these dates brings with it significant risk factors that should be at the forefront of a person’s mind as they navigate the season. Safety should be paramount at all times.
Many families travel on Christmas Eve, rushing to get to the home of a loved one to celebrate Christmas the next day. The increased traffic raises the risk of an accident occurring. Any time there are more cars on the road, there is a greater chance of an automobile accident. And with many people in a rush to get where they’re going, drivers may speed or otherwise drive less cautiously. And with more and more people using cell phones to track flights and call relatives, the risk of an accident caused by distracted driving is higher.
Christmas Day is a day filled with the opening of presents. Though children are excited to receive their new toys, many of these items present choking hazards, particularly to younger children. Even toys that don’t present choking hazards might be dangerous in other ways. Some toys may pose risks of electrical shock, or larger toys could be a crushing hazard.
New Year’s Eve is one of the most popular drinking days of the year, particularly at bars and other public locations. Sadly, many people who choose to drink in such venues then attempt to drive home, putting other drivers at risk. Being aware of the likelihood of sharing the road with drunk drivers on New Year’s Eve is extremely important.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a holiday-related accident, determining how to proceed can be difficult. The holiday season is usually associated with joy, but there is nothing joyful about getting injured. Please, consult with an experienced attorney regarding your case.