The holiday season is nearly upon us. That means the busiest shopping season of the year is also starting soon.
In the eCommerce age, many of us do our holiday shopping online now. However, plenty of others still shop in person. You may be one of them.
Keep the following advice in mind if so. Although you may not think much about the possibility of being injured while shopping, accidents at malls, department stores, and other such locations can happen. You’re less likely to be involved in such an accident if you:
Focus on Your Surroundings
Being aware of your surroundings in a busy store is always wise. There are many potential hazards in this type of setting that could put you in harm’s way if you’re not careful.
This is particularly true during the holiday shopping season. When stores are mobbed with customers, it’s not uncommon for items to make their way to the floor, where they can cause trip and fall accidents. Additionally, slip and fall accidents may be more likely during this time of year, as staff members might be too busy to clean spills or address other such hazards in a timely manner.
If you need to look down at your phone or a shopping list, stop and move to a safe spot before doing so. Make sure you’re always keeping an eye out for hazardous conditions that can cause an accident when walking around a store or mall.
Park in Well-Lit Spots
This is a very important tip to keep in mind if you expect to be shopping at night. When choosing a parking spot, try to park in an area that’s well-lit.
This will benefit you in multiple ways. First, you may be less vulnerable to thieves and other such criminals if you’re parked in a well-lit spot where others can see you. Additionally, if you park where there is sufficient outdoor lighting, you’ll minimize your odds of tripping over an unseen obstruction.
Ask for Help With Large Items
You may be purchasing some large and heavy items as holiday gifts this year. If you struggle to move such items on your own, ask for assistance. Attempting to move an item that’s too heavy could result in injury.
You also shouldn’t attempt to buy more than you can comfortably carry in one outing if you don’t have a shopping cart. If you’re shopping at a mall and plan on buying a large number of items over the course of a day, consider dropping off some items at your car and returning to the mall to purchase more items. Limiting how many items you’re carrying at any given time will boost both your safety and your comfort.
That said, even if you exercise caution, it’s possible to be injured while holiday shopping as a result of negligence on the part of a property owner. If this happens to you, strongly consider reviewing your case with a Boston premises liability attorney at Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C. We can help you better determine if you have grounds to seek financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses your accident may have caused. Learn more by contacting us online or calling us at 617-917-3917.