The holiday season this year is quite unprecedented because of the pandemic restrictions. But holiday season accidents and the resultant personal injuries are an unfortunate reality we need to live with.
Let us discuss some common holiday season personal injuries and their causes. We have listed some preventive tips to help you maneuver through the pitfalls and keep yourself safe while enjoying the festivities.
A higher volume of traffic during the holiday season increases the risk of car accidents, especially in the Los Angeles and other Southern California areas. Stress and tiredness impair drivers at this time of the year. DUI incidents also see a sharp spike during the holiday season.
- Be attentive and vigilant while driving
- Never mix drinking and driving
- Keep your cell phone fully charged
- Keep an essential emergency kit in your car, such as water, blanket, snacks, etc.
- Keep on main routes to avoid adverse conditions
As discussed above, distracted driving by car drivers remains the biggest risk for cyclists and pedestrians in the holiday season. Having said that, pedestrians distracted by their own cell phones, holiday decorations, or caught in the shopping frenzy, put themselves and others at risk sometimes.
Mishaps at the Mall
We may be safe from this phenomenon this year, but each year there are stories of horrific injuries from crowds surging into the stores for shopping deals and product launches. Shopping cart injuries, especially in children, also see a rise around this time.
There could be a surge in injuries caused in the course of decorating or due to falling decorations, as families are stuck at home this year.
- Follow the safety instructions for ladders
- Avoid using ladders when alone
- Keep small trinkets out of reach of children
Fires, Burns, and Electrical Shocks
Elaborate holiday season meals cause mostly minor kitchen fires and related burn injuries. But fires related to decorative lights, Christmas trees, and flammable decorations cause more serious injuries during the holiday season.
- Look for exposed, worn-out wires
- Do not overload sockets beyond their ratings
- Switch off electrical decorations before leaving home
- Be sure to deep fry your Turducken outside, not in your kitchen or living room
Some More Causes of Holidays-Related Personal Injuries
Back injuries from lugging heavy suitcases on holiday travels, opening gifts with sharp objects, and poorly designed products bought in sales offers, are some of the other causes of personal injuries in the holiday season.
Contact a Kann California Personal Injury Attorney Today!
At the Kann California Law Group, we are aware of the pain and disruption caused by a personal injury to you or a loved one, especially during the holiday season. We help those injured in accidents in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. Call us today at (888) 744-7730 or contact us through our online contact form. We are eager to help and can answer your questions during a free case consultation. Have a happy and safe holiday season ahead!