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Holiday Safety

August 26th, 2014

We are entering the later part of the year now, and that means the holiday season is just around the corner. Before long we will be experiencing little ghosts and goblins roaming the streets, a turkey on the dinner table and gifts beneath the tree. It really is a magical time of year to spend with your friends and family. The stores are covered in decorations. Family drives in from out of the state to share a few days with loved ones. Pumpkin spice coffee is in season and hot cocoa completes a cold night. While all of these are wonderful parts of the upcoming holiday season, there are still plenty of dangers to keep in mind.

For most of October, parents and children will be running in and out of stores, looking for the perfect outfit to scare the neighbors with. Parents flock to the candy aisles and stores to stock up for school parties and trick or treaters. On Halloween night the streets are filled with children and parents in costumes out looking for candy. This presents a very real danger for both pedestrians on the sidewalk and behind the wheel of a vehicle. In recent studies, it was found that on Oct 31st, more children are fatally injured on average by vehicle related accidents than any other day of the year.

Thanksgiving is another holiday filled with wonder and excitement. Especially the days leading up to Thanksgiving day. The roadways are cluttered with traffic from family members trying to visit. On Thanksgiving day the roads are filled with family and friends driving to visit each other in the same town or city. Sometimes they celebrate without a sense of responsibility and drive intoxicated, and that is a scenario that never ends well.

Christmas time is very similar, traffic filled highways with visiting family. Car filled roads and parking lots from people trying to get that last minute gift, The entire city may seem like a madhouse at times. In some parts of the country, snow becomes a very real driving hazard, limiting visibility and traction. A large portion of accidents recorded around the Christmas holiday typically involve some level of alcohol as well. For a personal injury attorney, this can be very disheartening.

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The holiday season should be a time of great joy and precious moments. Accidents happen, but if you follow these very simple steps, you can help reduce the risk of the holidays for both yourself, and the people around you.

Road or Parking Lot, Be Careful: The holiday season is also a very heavy shopping season. Drive slow in parking lots. Look both ways before turning and stay aware. If not in a vehicle, stay off the center of the lanes and always check both ways before crossing to the store.

Carry a Light when Trick or Treating: When you take your young ones out Halloween night to collect their candy, carry at least a flashlight with you. This will signal drivers that someone is there and possibly save a life.

Never Drink and Drive: Driving while under the influence is highly irresponsible. The same can be said for allowing another to drive intoxicated as well. If alcohol is involved, make sure you have a designated driver, or better yet make sure you are staying in for the night.

Obey the Law: With traffic at it’s worse during the holiday season, make sure you do the speed limit. Use turn signals, respect pedestrian crossings and follow any road signs you come across.

These tips will help keep you safe during the holiday season. Sadly though there is no way to be completely safe. Accidents do happen. When they do, Rick Kolodinsky will be there to review your case, and help you in your time of need. Call Rick Kolodinsky today for the most dedicated pedestrian accident attorney Daytona Beach has

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