With the season change comes the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and with people doing things and going places, not in their normal routines, such as shopping centers, malls, restaurants, and unfamiliar neighborhoods. This time of year, though fun and exciting, brings its own set of perils; not only are there more chances for accidents, but also more chances of slipping and falling.
Even though this may sound negative in nature, you don’t have to feel scared. You have the means to help yourself avoid a dangerous situation and if you, despite your best efforts, slip and fall, you have the personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Gary Berkovich to help you. Here are some basic ways to avoiding slipping and falling this holiday season:
Give Yourself Time
Most accidents happen when you are less aware of your surroundings, and many times you are less aware because you are in a hurry or running late. As you’re going about holiday shopping and visiting family and friends; give yourself extra time to not only drive where you need to go but also when walking there. And, if you are running late, remember it is always better to be a little late than arrive injured.
It’s easy to get distracted this time of year: Between spending time with other people and having a good time with them to looking at the many decorations and shops, it’s easy to get distracted. If you know that it has recently rained and that there is even a chance of slippery walkways, be more aware of your surroundings. You will still be able to have a good time, just put a little more of your attention towards being watchful and knowing your surroundings.
Update Your Shoes
One of the keys to avoiding slipping and falling is to wear shoes with good tread as well as shoes that stay secure on your feet. During seasons when there is less traction you double your chances of falling when your shoes aren’t doing their part to help you. When the weather is less than favorable, perhaps you should wear shoes that you can have more confidence in their traction; if you have to wear a certain pair of shoes, be more aware of your surroundings so you can avoid falling. If your work shoes are old, consider getting a new pair for this season. Many sales are coming up, making the investment in new footwear easier on your wallet.
Make Yourself a Priority
If you feel like you are in an unsafe situation, change the situation for yourself: Speak up when you are with others and ask if you can walk another way, or move your car to another place. You can’t help that store floors will be slippery due to extra rain, but you can look out for yourself. Also, if you see that a business needs to step up their game for their customer’s safety, speak up! The business may be unaware of a problem and you could save someone a lot of pain and suffering if you speak up.
The Law Offices of Gary Berkovich Are Here for You!
Though businesses should do their due diligence to accommodate their customers and keep them out of harm’s way, some do not; despite their best intentions, intentions alone can not alleviate every harm. Hopefully, you will not slip and fall, but if you do The Law Offices of Gary Berkovich in San Diego are here for you! We have years of experience and care about getting our clients the compensation they deserve.