Christmas – it’s a time to celebrate and enjoy ourselves with family and friends, but it’s also a time to ensure you’re safe and take that little bit of extra care this festive season.

In addition to wishing all of our clients a very merry Christmas, Freeclaim Solicitors are advising everyone to take extra care when celebrating, or shopping for that matter, as accidents become more prevalent in the weeks before and directly after Christmas.

A variety of factors can contribute to an upsurge in personal injuries, with the cold playing a major part in causing accidents across the country. Road accident claims often spike around this time of year with road traffic accidents being one of the most common forms of personal injury our specialist solicitors deal with.

Icy roads claim many lives each year. The Think! Road Safety campaign reports that there are as many as 230 deaths on our roads every year. Therefore all road users can do their part to help reduce road accidents and fatalities by slowing down as icy roads and ensure you have adequate breaking time. It is also advisable to only drive when it is absolutely necessary when there is ice and snow on the roads. For further winter driving tips click here to see our info-graphic.

Unfortunately drink driving is still a huge problem over the Christmas period. Under no circumstances should anyone drink and drive. Road accidents involving a drunk driver can cause devastating injuries to the driver and others, whether passengers, pedestrians, cyclists or other drivers.

Another large portion of accidents involve slips, trips and falls. Icy paths and footways on private property can wreak havoc, especially where there is an absence of salt or grit, causing injuries that range from minor cuts and bruises, to more serious broken bones, torn ligaments and worse.

In addition, workplace injuries tend to spike as contractors and employees race to finish jobs before the holiday season, taking risks that may cause injury.

Nicola Hughes, Senior Associate Solicitor and Head of Personal Injury at Freeclaim Solicitors commented, “Everyone wants to enjoy themselves over the Christmas period and no one wants this special time ruined by accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, we see far too many accidents occurring over this period. Remember to be safe this Christmas and enjoy the holidays.”

Freeclaim Personal Injury Solicitors Can Help You

At Freeclaim Solicitors, we have specialist personal injury and road traffic accident claim lawyers ready to help you. We’re open 24 hours over the Christmas period for immediate and confidential advice.

Call our 24 hour helpline on 0800 612 7340 and speak to a member of our dedicated personal injury team. All enquires are free and completely confidential. What’s more, all our claims are taken on a no win a fee basis, so there is no financial risk to you. Alternatively, you can contact us using our online enquiry form. Simply fill in your details and one of our dedicated staff will call you back.