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Common Holiday Accidents

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To quote one of the popular holiday songs, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Yes, the holidays are here again.

The holidays are a time for many different parties, activities and events. It is a time to enjoy getting together with family and friends. The holidays are a time of food, fun, laughter and enjoyment.

However, the holidays are also a time when many accidents take place. In fact, there are some common holiday accidents that occur every year. Here are some of those common holiday accidents that, hopefully, will not happen to you.

Decorating and decorations


One of the common holiday accidents involves decorating and decorations. Many people like to decorate their home, both inside and outside. While you may have a holiday decoration accident by falling off of a ladder or the roof of the house, some common holiday accidents result from defective decorations. Toys, games, electronic devices and other items may be defective, which can lead to a holiday decoration accident.

Estimates from the Consumer Product Safety Commission are that more than 1,200 people have to go to the hospital every year during the holidays because of decoration accidents. Be sure and use great caution as you decorate, both inside and outside of your home.

Poisonous plants are another source of common holiday accidents. Plants like holly berries, Christmas cacti and mistletoe are all poisonous if they are swallowed. Christmas poinsettias may cause stomach irritation in people and make pets very sick.

Driving accidents


While poisonous plants may surprise you as being a source of common holiday accidents, driving accidents are common holiday accidents that just about everyone is aware of. Drinking and driving after holiday parties, decreased visibility from short winter days, more people being on the roads and driving in dangerous weather conditions brought about by snow and ice are all factors that make driving accidents one of the most common types of holiday accidents.

In addition to this, there are holiday accidents that involve pedestrians. Just as there are more people on the roads, there are also more people on the sidewalks for shopping and food. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 40% of all pedestrian accidents occur during the holidays each year.

House fires


Sadly, house fires from candles, Christmas lights and Christmas trees are another cause of common holiday accidents. It is reported by Underwriters Laboratories that house fires from candles during the holiday season are responsible for 13,000 injuries, $450 million in direct property damage and 166 deaths each year. According to Forbes.com, Christmas lights are responsible for more that 400 deaths and 1,000 people being hospitalized every year. Christmas trees were to blame for an estimated average of 250 house fires per year in a period from 2003 to 2007. When it comes to candles, Christmas lights and Christmas trees, you cannot be too careful during the holidays.

If you are the victim of an accident during this holiday season that results from the negligence or irresponsibility of someone else or a defective product, you should talk to a personal injury attorney about the possibility of being compensated for your injuries from the accident.
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