The attorneys at Ray & Heatherman Law, PLLC, would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.

As experienced injury attorneys in Fort Collins, we have seen firsthand how tragic a holiday accident can be. We urge your family to be careful this year when navigating heavily trafficked and icy roads.

Avoid Car Accidents by Traveling Safely on the Roads

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is one of the worst for car accidents. This is likely due to two factors:

First, the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays are the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Second, the increase in accident statistics may also be due to the surge in drunk drivers on the road. Drivers are much more likely to get in their vehicles while intoxicated during holidays like New Year’s than they are during other times of the year.

This year, you can improve your chances of avoiding a Fort Collins auto accident by following these easy tips:

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Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and ready for the journey.

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Plan your route in advance.

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Take frequent breaks to avoid driving while fatigued.

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Never drink and drive and instead use a designated driver.

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Keep your distance from swerving or erratic vehicles.

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Avoid driving in inclement weather if at all possible.

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Have a Safe Holiday with Family and Friends

Paying attention to safety doesn’t just end when you get off the road and out of your car. Numerous holiday activities, while fun, can carry the potential to be dangerous. Consider the following potentially dangerous holiday activities with family and friends and what you can do to mitigate risks:

[su_note note_color=”#e1e1e1″ text_color=”#333333″ radius=”0″ class=”lgray-note”]ray-heatherman-christmas-07Holiday shopping – You may face the risk of a slip and fall when navigating through large crowds. Consider shopping during less busy periods or shopping online.[/su_note]

[su_note note_color=”#e1e1e1″ text_color=”#333333″ radius=”0″ class=”lgray-note”]ray-heatherman-christmas-08Winter sports activities – Skiing, ice skating and sledding are all great activities during the holiday season. Remember to dress for the weather to prevent cold-related injuries like frostbite. Also, wear a helmet when appropriate. Further, always supervise young children and choose ski runs or sledding hills within their ability level.[/su_note]

The injury risks associated with holiday activities does not mean you should avoid them. Instead, just take precautions and be aware.

Enjoy a Nice, Hot Meal with Family and Friends

One of the best things about the holidays is having a nice, hot meal with family and friends. Whether turkey or a Christmas ham, eggnog or popcorn, be sure to prepare and cook foods in a safe manner in order to prevent food poisoning and other kitchen injuries like accidental cuts or burns.

Some tips to keep your holiday meal as stress-free as possible include planning dishes in advance, asking for help with dish preparation from loved ones, assigning young children to tasks like setting the table, making sure all hot dishes are handled by adults and always double checking to make sure the stove and oven are turned off when cooking is finished.

[su_row class=”border-left redborder”]As you enjoy your holiday meal this season, be sure to give thanks and gratitude, and consider helping another family in need if you are able to do so.[/su_row]

Take Time to Appreciate the Beautiful Holiday Lights Displayed throughout Fort Collins, CO

Christmas lights are enjoyed by children and adults of all ages, and there are plenty of Christmas lights to be found throughout Fort Collins. Take a tour through your own neighborhood to see what neighbors have put on display, head to the Fort Collins Garden of Lights, check out Old Town Fort Collins or take a trip to Lights for Habitat.

[su_row class=”border-left redborder”]Remember to bundle up if you will be viewing lights by foot as it can get cold outside. Further, watch out for snow and ice on the ground, as it is the season for weather-related trip and falls.[/su_row]

Contact Our Law Offices If You Need Help After an Injury

If something does happen to you this holiday season, and you or a loved one is involved in an accident, our attorneys can represent you.

As former U.S. Marines, we understand the value of hard work when it comes to defending the rights of others. We will handle your claim with care and compassion.

[su_note note_color=”#e1e1e1″ text_color=”#333333″ radius=”0″ class=”lgray-note”]If you are in a car accident this holiday season, or suffer another type of personal injury, please do not hesitate to call our law offices. You can contact our Fort Collins personal injury attorneys today by phone or online to schedule a free case review or check out our Fort Collins injury attorney blog for more information.[/su_note]