The holiday season is upon us, which means the first official day of winter
is fast approaching. Although Florida may not see as picturesque a change
in season or weather as other states across the country, there are certainly
seasonal trends that make the holiday and winter months a unique time
of year. Unfortunately, many of those same trends also pose increased
safety risks to the public – risks that you should know about.
At Roman & Gaynor, we too see seasonal trends in the types of cases
we handle. That’s why our Clearwater personal injury lawyers have
taken the time to discuss a few of the most common accidents we see during
the holidays and the winter, and to provide information about how you
can take steps to protect you and your loved ones.
Drunk Driving Accidents – Alcohol-related accidents are one of the most distinguishing aspects
of the holiday season when it comes to personal injury. This is due largely
to a number of holidays, more vacation time, and more cause for celebration
– often with alcohol. As statistics make clear, holidays and the
days and weeks surrounding them see a significant surge in drunk driving
accidents, injuries, and deaths. Although law enforcement agencies typically
increase their DUI enforcement efforts to combat the issue, it still bears
reminding that there are real risks on the road during this time of year.
As a driver, make the pledge to never get behind the wheel while impaired,
and be extra vigilant when sharing the roads with others, especially at
night, on weekends or holidays, and near locations where drinking may
be prevalent. As a pedestrian or bicyclist, you can take steps to make
yourself more visible, or stick to the sidewalks to be safe. Because even
the most precautious individual can still suffer harm caused by an impaired driver,
DUI victims have the right to take legal action.
Slip & Fall Accidents –
Slip and fall accidents are common during winter months, particularly in locations that see more
rain, snow, and ice. In Florida, slip and fall accidents can also be caused
by other seasonal trends, such as busier stores where staff fail to clean
up spills or address slipping hazards. If you own a property or a business,
do your part to keep the premises safe, and be on the lookout for hazards
anywhere you go.
Premises Liability – People have extra time during the holiday and winter season to
get out and about. Crowded shopping malls, amusement parks, and bars or
nightclubs can pose dangers, especially when premises owners and staff
fail to address potential hazards they knew or should have known about.
When victims are injured on another’s property – as a result
of slip and fall accidents, negligent security, or other hazards –
they may have a right to seek compensation by filing a
premises liability claim.
Auto Accidents – Although an increase in alcohol-related wrecks accounts for a
substantial increase in auto accidents during the holidays and winter,
car accidents still remain a risk for other reasons. These include wrecks caused by
distracted drivers who may be more concerned with holiday events, wrecks caused by out-of-town
motorists unfamiliar with local roads,
truck accidents that stem from a busy holiday season, and accidents caused by
drowsy drivers who have been busy during the holidays and dangerous behind the wheel
due to a lack of sleep. Our legal team has extensive experience representing
victims of car accidents and other traffic collisions.
Product Injuries – The holidays can bring new toys for children and adults alike,
as well as more time to enjoy those new products. When products are defectively
designed or manufactured, however, they pose risks to consumers who use
them as intended. Victims harmed by defective products may have the right
to seek compensation through a personal injury claim against the responsible
manufacturer or distributor who made those products available to the public.
As a firm that focuses exclusively on representing injured victims,
catastrophically injured victims, and families who have lost loved ones due to
wrongful death, we hope that everyone takes the time this holiday and winter season to
make safety a priority. Because we know negligence can happen at any time,
however, we make ourselves readily available to help victims and families
take the appropriate steps in taking legal action and fighting for the
compensation they deserve.
If you have questions about a potential injury case,
contact us 24/7 for a free consultation.