During the holiday season, people can relax and take the opportunity to spend time with those they love. Unfortunately, many don’t take that chance and instead rush around cooking, cleaning, and shopping for holidays. In the dash to create the perfect holiday, accidents can happen. When a careless individual causes a holiday accident, you may be left physically and financially compromised at the worst possible time of the year. At Murphy Crantford Meehan, Attorneys at Law, we understand your frustration. Holiday injuries can lead to holiday accident claims. However, handling these claims can take time and effort, which most of us are short on during the holiday season.
What are the most common accident claims around the holidays? We’ve got the answer and ways an attorney can help.
Common Holiday Accident Claims
Accidents can happen at any time. However, some accidents are more prevalent around the holidays because more people are traveling, drinking, and getting distracted by the sights and sounds of the season. What are some of the most common types of holiday accidents that can trigger an accident claim this time of year? Consider the following:
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that the span between Christmas and New Year’s Day can be dangerous for holiday travelers. Alcohol tends to flow more freely around the holidays, especially New Year’s, and that means more drunk drivers on South Carolina roadways. Holiday accident statistics show South Carolina is the most dangerous state for driving during the holidays.
Truck accidents are also a concern during the holiday season because more drivers are hitting the road to deliver packages. Fatigued, impaired, or inexperienced truck drivers can cause devastating holiday truck accidents and leave you struggling to cope with severe injuries and medical expenses.
Slip-and-fall accidents fall under the umbrella of premises liability claims. These claims can increase in the winter, especially around the holidays, due to property owners failing to maintain their property following inclement weather or not removing tripping or safety hazards before guests and patrons arrive.
Another issue many people don’t think about during the holidays is dog bite claims. Man’s best friend may be a lovable companion most of the year. Still, the holidays can be stressful for animals, particularly when you welcome into your home friends and family with whom your pet may not be familiar.
Burn injuries are among the most painful wounds an individual can sustain. Fires are a significant concern around the holidays. The U.S. Fire Administration indicates cooking fires are more common on Thanksgiving Day than any other day on the calendar. House fires are also common around Christmas time. When cooking, be safe in the kitchen. If you bring a live Christmas tree into your home, take the time to care for it, keeping it watered regularly. Avoid placing candles near your tree, and never cover a tree with Christmas lights that have frayed wires.
How a South Carolina Lawyer Can Help
Navigating the accident claim process during the holidays can be stressful. Thankfully, you don’t have to go through the process alone. An experienced South Carolina personal injury lawyer can advocate for you, taking the stress and worry off your shoulders so you can focus on recovering from your injuries and spending the holidays with those you love.
At Murphy Crantford Meehan, Attorneys at Law, we’ll begin by thoroughly reviewing your situation and identifying the best path toward recovering the compensation you deserve. Our team investigates the cause of the accident while collecting and preserving evidence vital to your claim. As you recover, we manage communication between you and the insurer, so numerous phone calls from an adjuster around the holidays don’t bug you. We’ll file your claim for you, making sure all the appropriate documentation is included so the insurance company can process your claim with as little delay as possible. Our personal injury attorneys also aggressively negotiate for the money you need to cover your financial losses.
We have the skills and resources to help you move through the claim process as efficiently as possible.
Contact an Attorney for Help this Holiday Season
Did a careless individual injure you this holiday season? You need someone with an extensive track record of successful verdicts and settlements under their belt fighting for you. For help this holiday season, turn to the legal team at Murphy Crantford Meehan, Attorneys at Law.