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The holiday season is one we all look forward to. This time of year brings laughter and joy, as well as a list of “to-do’s” much longer than any other time of year. The last thing anybody needs is to add dealing with an accident or injury to that list. Here at Hogan & Hogan, we want to give you the tips you need to arrive safely and enjoy the holiday festivities.

1.  Remain Aware in Parking Lots.

The malls and stores are more crowded than ever from November to January. With many more vehicles and pedestrians in the area, be sure to drive more cautiously when driving through the lot. The National Safety Council also reports that 66% of drivers report using their phones while driving through parking lots. During the holiday season, these distracted drivers will also be rushing from place to place trying to complete their ever-growing to-do list.

Along with distracted drivers, parking lots tend to have many other safety hazards. Be sure to park in a well-lit area and stay alert for any potholes or puddles when you walk through any parking lots. As a pedestrian, look both ways before crossing the street and never trust that the drivers will be watching out for you.

2.  Drive More Cautiously On All Roadways.

Roadways can be dangerous all year round but become more so during the holidays. This is due in part by the increase in the number of vehicles on the roads and the fact that more of those drivers will be driving under the influence than any other time of year. In the last few months of the year, many people who do not drink often, and therefore have a lower tolerance, tend to consume a few drinks at a holiday party and then get on the road. According to the United States Department of Transportation more than 1/3 of accident related deaths in December occur between Christmas and New Year’s.

To keep you and your family safe, be sure to remain aware at all times and be on the lookout for driving habits that may indicate someone is under the influence. Be vigilant and steer clear of any drivers that are not driving safely. Most importantly, be sure to monitor your own alcohol consumption and be searching for any friends or family members that may have had one too many Christmas cocktails.

**Don’t forget that AAA provides a free ride home and will tow your car up to 10 free miles when you’ve enjoyed your holidays a little too much. You can call them at (855) 286-9246, remember it’s better to be safe than sorry.

3.  Know Your Work Rights.

During the holidays, many employees end up working late shifts and clocking more overtime than they should. This leaves them fatigued and increases the chances that they will accidentally put themselves, or someone else in danger. As an employee, you should be conscience of how many hours you are working and remember to allow yourself time to rest between shifts. Along with taking care of yourself, employees also should keep an eye out for any safety hazards that may have been overlooked by your coworkers. If you notice any safety hazards, alert management right away and continue to check back and ensure the problem gets resolved.

Hogan and Hogan wishes a safe holiday season to all and remember if you or someone you know is injured this holiday season we are here to take the stress and confusion out of your injury claim. Don’t let dealing with an accident or injury take away from the time you could be spending with your loved ones during the most wonderful time of the year.

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