假期事故风险增加:可预防伤害后的权利

假期事故风险增加:可预防伤害后的权利

事故全年都在发生,但在节日期间,这些风险往往会增加. 事实上, 统计数据显示,假期期间某些类型的事故经常会增加, 从汽车残骸, 行人受伤, and slips and falls to injuries caused by defective products and toys.

Because the holidays are a time where accident risks are elevated, making safety a priority is always important. 不幸的是, 我们Biren法律团体的团队知道,即使是最警惕、最注重安全的人,也可能发生事故——尤其是当他们周围的其他人疏忽或未能解决与节日相关的常见风险时. 下面,我们将讨论一些最常见的节日相关事故风险.

车祸

Motor vehicle accidents 是全年的风险,尤其是在洛杉矶和南加州地区. 然而, 在寒假期间,可预防事故的风险可能会增加,原因有几个, chief among them being:

  • Drunk and impaired driving -假期是庆祝的时候,是与朋友和家人团聚的时候,是度假的时候. 这些因素导致了统计上较高的醉酒和吸毒驾驶率, 这就是为什么当地执法机构通常会在节日期间加大执法力度, and why DUI accident and arrest rates spike. Victims who suffer injuries in drunk driving accidents 或酒后驾车造成的事故,有权要求赔偿, 但是,代表有过错的投保人的保险公司积极抗辩这些索赔,并试图尽可能少地赔付.
  • 分心驾驶 – Like driving under the influence, 分心驾驶 is a risk which is ever-present on our roads. During the holidays however, 开车的人确实有更多的理由在驾驶时进行危险的分心活动. 这可能是由于为了配合假期计划而增加了手机的使用, vacationers in unfamiliar areas looking for directions, or simply looking at the decorations along the road. In whatever form it takes, 司机分心 is a dangerous and negligent act, and it can result in liability for injuries and damages victims suffer.
  • 疲劳和交通 – The holidays can and do change our roads. 为一个, 在重大节日期间,家庭外出庆祝节日或度假,通常会导致交通拥堵激增, 当涉及到不安全的车道变更等危险行为时,就会产生更大的风险, 司机分心, 追尾事故, 和更多的. Many 司机s may also be unfamiliar with local roads or city landscape, and therefore more likely to make sudden and risky driving maneuvers. As a result of long road trips, long days or nights of celebration, and the business of the holiday season, 更多的司机也可能在疲劳和睡眠不足的情况下开车, which can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. Be sure to get prepared before you head out on any long drive, give yourself adequate rest and time, follow at a safe distance, and always stay vigilant.
  • Poor weather and roadway conditions -虽然洛杉矶的冬天可能没有其他州的冬天那么明确, changes in weather can create hazards on the road. This of course includes rain, which SoCal motorists so clearly struggle to drive safely in, 和冰雹一样, 雾, 能见度, 风, and other dangerous conditions. During poor weather and roadway conditions, 司机有义务调整自己的驾驶行为,并据此驾驶车辆.

其他事故

在假日期间,驾车者和车上的人并不是唯一面临事故风险增加的人群. 行人, 消费者, 其他人也可能发现自己面临更大的机会遭受可预防的伤害, 特别是有关:

  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents – Because they have little to protect themselves, pedestrians and 骑自行车 face the greatest risks of suffering injuries in traffic accidents. Those risks can increase during the holidays, especially amid the spike in drunk, 昏昏欲睡, and 分心驾驶. 而受伤的行人和骑自行车的人有权利通过人身伤害过程来寻求赔偿,这是由于疏忽的驾驶者造成的事故, 在其他情况下,这些受害者可以向其他责任方提出索赔, such as property owners, other pedestrians or cyclists, 助动车, and product manufacturers.
  • Slip and fall accidents -滑倒及跌倒意外是假期最常见的意外之一. 这主要是由于越来越多的消费者到企业购物, visitors at private homes and venues attending events, and poor wet and rainy weather. When slip and fall injuries arise from the negligence of property owners, 比如那些没有解决他们知道或应该知道的潜在的旅行或滑倒危险的人, victims may have the ability to seek financial recoveries through 前提责任 索赔.
  • 有缺陷的产品 – The holidays are filled with products, whether they be holiday decorations, 儿童玩具, or utensils and gadgets used by hosts at celebrations. 不幸的是, 我们非常信任商业制造商和分销商,当他们向市场推出产品时,我们暗示他们是安全使用的, and often see that trust breached. When defectively designed, 制造, or marketed goods and products cause preventable harm, 消费者 have a right to file 产品责任 索赔 in an attempt to recover their damages.
  • Fires and hazardous materials – Risks of fires and burn injuries can be real risks during the holidays, when more people choose to cozy up by a fire, use space heaters or other devices for heat, or simply use a lot of electrical products, 灯, and flammable materials. In addition to flammable substances, some materials used during the holidays, including various decorations and products, may also pose risks of toxic exposure.

Taking the Right Steps After a Preventable Accident

碧人律师事务所是一家美国公认的十大电子游艺网站排行事务所,总部设在洛杉矶. Having served Southern California for decades, 十大电子游艺平台首选法律团队知道我们在假期和冬季看到的事故和伤害类型有规律, 这就是为什么我们敦促每个人在这个假期保持安全,把安全放在首位. 然而, 我们也知道,确保安全并不总是足以防止事故和伤害——尤其是当别人疏忽时.

如果你或你所爱的人因他人的疏忽或失败而受伤, 您可以在Biren法律团体找到您所需要的即时支持和法律顾问. As you begin to explore your rights, 我们想分享一些可以预防的事故发生后应该采取的重要措施:

  • Seek medical attention to identify the nature of your injury, rule out serious medical issues, and obtain the treatment you need.
  • 如果你被卷入了一场车祸,要小心不要道歉或讨论错误. 而不是, focus on getting any emergency medical attention that’s needed, as well as a police officer to come file a police report. You should also gather as much evidence as possible (contact, 保险, 司机, and witness information, 等.), take pictures of the scene from as many angles as possible, 并收集其他可能对你的律师有用的文件或信息.
  • Follow up with your doctor and their recommended treatment plans. 相信自己能挺过去或者疼痛会消失,对于你的健康或任何你选择追求的人身伤害索赔来说,都不是一个明智的决定.
  • Remember you do not have to speak with 保险 companies. As powerful corporations, they are only looking for ways to pay you less. 是否有可靠的律师代表你处理与保险公司的信函和谈判.
  • Don’t be misled into thinking you need to settle a case early on. 你应该把精力集中在医疗和伤愈上, or recovering as much as you can. While you should begin working with an attorney as soon as possible, your case should progress according to how you feel, 而不是在你还不确定你的损害范围的早期阶段,保险公司说或提供的.

最终, 保护你的权利和有效处理人身伤害索赔的最好方法之一是与经验丰富的法律代表合作. Biren法律团体 is standing by to help, 并提供免费, 向受害者和家属提供无风险咨询,让他们了解自己的选择以及我们如何提供帮助. 联系 us to get started.

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