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Common Valentine’s Day Accidents & Emergencies

Common Valentine’s Day Accidents & Emergencies

Common Valentine’s Day Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Every year, thousands of people are injured in accidents due to their celebration of Valentine’s Day. From the romantic evening at a nice restaurant to the fun night out on the town, there are plenty of opportunities for an accident or injury to occur. Below, we will outline negligence-related accident that commonly occur around Valentine’s Day and some helpful safety tips.

Car Accidents

Car accidents are unfortunately all too common during Valentine’s Day. Whether you plan on going out for dinner or just taking your special someone out for a drive, it is important that you remain focused on the road and obey all traffic laws.

In addition, always remember not to drink and drive; if you plan on going out for some drinks on Valentines’ night, be sure to arrange a designated driver before leaving home.

Slips and Falls

Another common accident that happens around Valentine’s Day is slips (or trips) and falls. These accidents can be caused by a variety of hazards, including:

  • Faulty stairs
  • Inclement weather conditions
  • Loose or worn carpet
  • Spilled beverages or food
  • Extension cords
  • Poor lighting
  • Potholes and cracks in the pavement
  • Slippery flooring
  • Lengthy dress, skirts, and other clothing items

For you and your date/significant other’s safety, watch where you step and use handrails when available. If you notice any tripping hazards, also point them out to one another and the property owner or manager.

Food Poisoning

Unfortunately, people can also suffer food poisoning at restaurants. Californians may be able to pursue damages under product liability laws. Specifically, product manufacturers and sellers can face civil consequences for defective products.

To reduce the chances of food poisoning this Valentines' Day, make sure that any food ordered has been cooked properly and does not contain ingredients that you may be allergic or sensitive too (such as shellfish). Additionally, be aware of any foods which may have been sitting out unrefrigerated for long periods of time as these can also cause food poisoning if consumed.

Restaurant-Related Accidents

Valentine's Day is one of the most popular days for couples to enjoy a romantic dinner out at a restaurant. Unfortunately, restaurants can be hazardous places and accidents are not uncommon.

Slip and falls are among the most common types of accidents that occur in restaurants, usually due to spilled food or drinks on the floor. Hot foods and beverages being served to patrons can also lead to burns if they are not handled properly by waitstaff or kitchen staff.

Be mindful of where you are walking and what is going on around you before getting up at a restaurant. If people are passing, especially waitstaff, you don’t want to knock any food or drinks onto yourself.

Flower Delivery Mishaps

Flowers are one of the most popular gifts given on Valentine's Day; however, the process of delivering these flowers can lead to some potential hazards. Flower delivery drivers may have difficulty navigating their way through busy streets or crowded neighborhoods while attempting to deliver orders on time.

This can lead to car accidents or pedestrian/bicyclist collisions that could result in serious injuries for all parties involved. In such cases, to avoid these accidents, practice safe driving and cycling and engage in defensive techniques.

Gift Shopping Injuries

Shopping for gifts for your special someone is often part of celebrating Valentine’s Day—but it can also lead to unfortunate accidents. Crowded stores and packed parking lots during this holiday season increase your chances of becoming involved in an accident due to slip and falls, car collisions, or even assaults from shoplifters looking to steal gifts from unsuspecting shoppers.

Injured Due to Negligence? Contact Our Team!

No one wants an accident or injury ruining their plans while celebrating Valentines' Day; following these tips can help ensure that your holiday remains a happy one. If, however, through no fault of your own, an accident does occur, then it is important that you contact our experienced personal injury attorney.

With over two decades of legal experience, Michael Doyle, Attorney at Law can help you get the compensation deserved after such events have taken place. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don’t pay our firm unless we win your case.

We handle a wide variety of personal injury matters, including but not limited to:

Contact our firm online or via phone today to discuss your rights and legal options with our attorney.


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