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Holiday Accidents & Injuries

The holiday season is often associated with quality time spent with loved ones, long road trips, and homes decorated in vibrant lights. Unfortunately, various accidents and injuries frequently occur more during the holidays compared to any other point in the year.

Common holiday accidents and injuries include:

  • Auto accidents – The night before Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is the most dangerous time to be on the road. Due to the festive atmosphere of the season, there is a significant increase in alcohol consumption, resulting in drunk driving. In addition, many of these accidents are also caused by fatigued driving or stressed driving.
  • Falls from heights – According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 5,800 Americans receive medical treatment every year for fall-related injuries as a result of decorating their homes. These falling accidents are frequently caused by ladder problems, as well as stairs and rooftops.
  • Electrocution – In addition to falling, holiday decorations can cause electric shock. Based on a study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 5,000 Americans annually are treated for indoor and outdoor electric shock during the winter months.
  • Defective products – Millions of Americans shop during the holiday season, purchasing gifts for their loved ones, especially children. According to a 2015 study by the CPSC, 185,500 toy-related injuries were treated in emergency rooms and 11 deaths involved children under 15 years old. Furthermore, opening presents can result in painful lacerations.
  • Back injuries – Besides driving, many holiday travelers board airplanes to fly to their vacation destination. However, many of these travelers suffer back injuries and pains caused by lifting heavy luggage.

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