Five Ways to Have a Safe Christmas

ELI5: Negligence

At Moxie Law Group, we want you to have a nice holiday season. Make sure you’re following these safety tips to keep the holiday cheer going! 

Be Careful When Dashing through the Snow 

If you’re going sledding this season, make sure you’re taking reasonable precautions to prevent injury. First things first: bundle up! When the winter wind is blowing, frostbite can happen in a shockingly small amount of time. Not only should you have gloves and a coat, wearing waterproof boots and earmuffs can also protect you. If the hills you’re sledding down are particularly steep, you may actually need knee pads and a helmet. Though the snow may provide some cushion, there’s still a frozen ground underneath the snow, and bones can be broken if you fall hard enough. Lastly, don’t sled down a hill that leads into a street, especially if it’s a busy street where cars are traveling at high speeds. If you slide out into the street, a car may not be able to stop in time and, depending on the car, they may not be able to see you. 

When the Weather Outside Is Frightful… 

When the weather outside is frightful, it’s a good idea to stay home for the holidays (and until the weather subsides). Remember: a winter weather advisory means that there’s a potential for extreme weather; look out! Plan your travel accordingly and if things take a turn for the worse, make sure you head home while it’s still safe to do so. A winter weather warning, on the other hand, means that extreme winter weather is likely going to happen. In this case, you should not plan on leaving your home or travelling. The roads will likely be snowy and in dangerous conditions. If a winter storm warning is in effect, you may need to see if you can work from home.  

Better Not Shout, Better Not Cry… 

…you’d better not road rage, we’re telling you why: aggressive driving is dangerous, especially when the roads are in poor conditions. There are a lot of people who either don’t know how to drive in the snow, or who are driving vehicles that are not equipped to drive in the snow. Regardless of the reasons that the person in front of you is driving like a moron, you should resist the urge to speed past them like a maniac and cut them off. People typically drive a lot slower in the snow because they don’t have as much control over their vehicles. If someone does lose control, you don’t want to be around them when they lose control.  

Don’t Get Ran over by a Reindeer (and Don’t Run over Deer!) 

Grandma got ran over by a reindeer and couldn’t even file a personal injury claim since we were unable to get in touch with Santa and his insurance company. For this reason, it’s important to take reasonable precautions to avoid getting run over by a reindeer. It’s also important to avoid running over any reindeer. Now that deer season is here, there are lots of deer running around as if they own the place. Deer generally have no qualms about running in front of cars, even when drivers have their brights on and are travelling at high speeds. It’s always important to look out for deer, especially when you’re driving through canyons or more remote areas. When it’s dark, you may not be able to see the deer until they’re in your headlights, so it’s not a bad idea to go slow and pay a little extra attention to the road, especially in areas that have signs warning of deer. 

All I Want for Christmas Is You (to Stop Texting and Driving) 

Texting and driving is extremely dangerous, even in places like parking lots. Now that the holiday season is here, many people are out doing holiday shopping and parking lots may have extra pedestrians. Some people believe it’s okay to text and drive while in a parking lot, reasoning that they’re travelling at a lower speed. However, there are more pedestrians and, even if you hit someone at a lower speed, you could still cause fatal injuries. Don’t text and drive, even if you’re in a place where you think it’s safe to do so. If you really need to send a text or read one, pull over at a safe place before using your phone. 

Happy Holidays from Moxie Law Group 

At Moxie Law Group, we’re wishing you all a happy holiday season. While we’re hoping that everyone stays safe, we understand that there’s no way to completely prevent injury. If you’ve sustained injury due to the negligence of another person, contact Moxie Law Group today for an initial consultation. 

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