The holidays are a wonderful time of year when your time is spent with
family and friends – eating and drinking together, as well as being
merry. However, it can also be an extremely frantic time of year. Whether
you are embarking on a long road trip or shopping for all of your loved
ones, there are plenty of dangers associated with the holidays.
The most dangerous time to drive on the road every year is the period between
Thanksgiving and New Year’s since there are more drivers on the
road with more-than-usual alcohol consumption. Furthermore, vision-impaired
(evening) driving and poor weather conditions are other contributing factors to
car accidents and fatalities on the road.
There are many people who decorate the exterior of their home in festive
lights. Unfortunately, one of the most common holiday injuries are electrocutions.
In a study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an average
of 5,000 people are treated for electric shock injuries during the holiday
season. Electric current can lead to thermal burns, muscle and nerve damage,
and cardiac arrest. In addition, 20% of Americans fail to turn off their
holiday electrical decorations before they go to sleep or leave the home,
which could result in an accident or fire.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 5,800
Americans are medically treated to fall injuries related to holiday decorations.
Common fall injuries include ladder accidents, stair accidents, and roof
For people who often travel by flight during the holidays, they are at
risk with back pains or injuries caused by lifting heavy luggage. The
CPSC had recorded 53,790 luggage related injuries in 2012.
If you suffered an injury that was caused by a negligent party in Austin, TX,
schedule a free consultation with
Komie & Morrow, LLP today.