How to Avoid Personal Injury Accidents During the Holidays

The holiday season is stressful enough, but adding a personal injury to the checklist is never anything you want on your plate. Hospital bills, physical pain, and grief can easily eat into the joy that’s supposed to surround this time of the year.

Here’s a look into how you can avoid personal injury accidents both as a driver and pedestrian.

Avoid Driving in Winter Weather

Driving in winter weather can be extremely hazardous and even dangerous. The risk of personal injury or car accidents skyrockets when roads are covered in snow or ice. This is because the lack of traction makes it difficult to control the vehicle, and even braking can be affected. 

In addition, poor visibility due to winter weather conditions can lead to accidents. Drivers may not be able to see other vehicles or obstacles on the road, which can result in collisions. 

Injuries sustained in car accidents can range from minor cuts and bruises to more serious injuries like broken bones or concussions. In some cases, car accidents can even be fatal. 

Driving in winter weather can be extremely dangerous, and it is important to take extra caution when doing so. In fact, if you can avoid driving in inclement weather, we suggest staying indoors whenever possible.

Be Aware of Slip-and-Fall Risks

Winter weather can create treacherous conditions leading to slip-and-fall accidents on private and commercial property. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 800,000 people are hospitalized each year due to injuries sustained in a fall

And while falls can happen at any time of year, they are more common in winter when ice and snow make surfaces slick and dangerous. There are steps that people can take to avoid slips and falls while out and about this winter.

First, it is important to be aware of potential hazards, such as icy sidewalks and slippery floors. Second, wear appropriate footwear with good traction to help reduce your risk of falling. 

Finally, take your time when walking on potentially hazardous surfaces, and always use caution. By taking these precautions, you can help to prevent slip and fall accidents this winter season.

Practice Legal Habits

Even if you are walking or driving in wintry weather, make sure that every move you make is legal. Whether it’s maintaining the proper speed limit, using your blinker to properly signal a lane change, or crossing at crosswalks at proper intersections, practicing safer travel activity during the holiday season can help reduce your risk of personal injuries during the holiday season.

Plan Your Trips Ahead of Time

One of the biggest factors in car and pedestrian accidents during the winter is rushing into travel plans and getting involved in an accident on the way.

If you must travel in inclement weather, we suggest giving yourself at least a half hour of extra travel time to ensure you can follow the rules of the road and keep yourself and other drivers safe.

Been Injured in an Accident? Let Genthe Law Group Help Brighten Up Your Situation

Getting in an accident during the holiday season can damper festivities, especially when it results in a debilitating injury. While we’ve given you a great outline of how to avoid personal injury accidents during the holiday rush, nothing is ever guaranteed. 

If you or a loved one were recently injured in a car accident, truck accident, or any other incident involving neglect and injury, Genthe Law Firm wants to help.

Our team of dedicated personal injury lawyers has seen it all and can help you recoup your maximum payout from insurance companies and guilty parties.

Schedule your free consultation today and learn more about our Genthe Guarantee that ensures you don’t pay us a cent this holiday season unless we recover.

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