The holiday season is usually spent finishing last minute shopping, and attending various holiday gatherings with friends and family. While this time of year is one that is intended to be enjoyed, it also happens to be one of the most dangerous seasons. In this blog, our Charleston personal injury lawyers shares the most common seasonal accidents.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are especially common during the holiday season, especially in areas that experience snow and icy weather. Homeowners and business owners have a duty to keep their property at a reasonably safe condition, but there are some instances where a property owner may not adhere to this obligation, thus leaving their property in a dangerous condition that may result in a slip and fall accident.
Candles are the top reason for starting fires during the holiday season, especially when left lit near flammable Christmas trees and decorations. Christmas tree fires, in particular, are among the most fatal type of house fire – according to the National Fire Protection Association, one of every 34 reported Christmas tree fires result in death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported house fires. When lighting candles, make sure they are in sturdy candle holders and out of reach of small children and pets.
Drunk Driving Accidents
Icy road conditions result in an increase in car accidents, but when mixed with drivers who are under the influence, these accidents can cause serious injury or even death. If you’re attending a holiday function and you plan to drink acohol, appoint a designated driver. If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, do not hesitate to contact a trusted Charleston personal injury attorney to pursue legal action.
Our Charleston personal injury firm handles a wide range of personal injury cases, including car accidents, slip and fall claims, truck accidents, and catastrophic injuries. If you’ve been injured in an accident, we invite you to contact us today to learn about your legal options.
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