Warning! The Top Retail Hazards to Be Aware of This Holiday Season
The holiday season is filled with wonder, joy, goodwill, and peace on Earth—at least this is what it should be about. The truth is the holiday season is also a chaotic time of year, involving accidents and injuries—especially when desperate shoppers rush around to complete their holiday shopping.
Before hitting the shops and the grocery stores, keep in mind some common retail hazards that are most prevalent during the hectic holiday season…
1. Road Risk: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the months of November and December are the highest for traffic accidents than any other time of year. The two main factors contributing to this statistic are 1) more traffic and travelers on the road, and 2) more alcohol-impaired driving. In addition to the roads, another dangerous area to watch out for during the holiday season is parking lots. Parking lots are usually packed to the max, and many vehicles are coming and going…and aren’t always watching out for pedestrians—or other vehicles.
2. Active (and Accident-Prone) Aisles: During the holiday season, shopping aisles are very crowded with all sorts of shoppers—not to mention strollers, shopping carts, and wheelchairs.
Moreover, the width of aisles seems to shrink as shelves and racks are overstuffed with merchandise. Heavy foot traffic plus smaller spaces equals potential disaster.
Be aware of your surroundings and avoid crashing into other shoppers and tripping over strollers and loose items. Also watch out for merchandise tumbling off the shelves!
3. Slip and Fall Accidents: The more traffic in a store, the potential and risks for slip and fall accidents increases. Spills, falling merchandise, and weather conditions are common factors and causes of slip and fall accidents. And the more shoppers in a store, the more often this can happen…
4. Claustrophobic Crowds: Crowds can be more than claustrophobic…they can also be chaotic—especially if there is an emergency. For example, a loud bang or the smell of smoke may cause shoppers to run for the doors—trampling anyone in the way.
The holiday season should be a season of happiness and joy—but it can be ruined in an instant due to an accident that could easily have been avoided. But in the end, accidents can and still will happen.
Consult with a Personal Injury Lawyer Boca Raton
If you’ve been involved in an unfortunate accident this holiday season, contact a personal injury attorney in Boca Raton for help. A reputable personal injury legal team will help take care of your accident so you are able to enjoy the holidays as much as possible.
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