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Can Shopping be Dangerous?

As the fall and winter holidays approach, many people are hitting the stores to prepare for family gatherings, decorating their homes, and gift-giving. While a shopping trip during this busy time may be hectic, you likely do not think about the risk of being injured. The truth is that there are many injuries that happen during the hustle and bustle leading up to the holidays.

Slip and Fall Accidents

With an influx of shoppers, stores can become messy with shelves in disarray. Anytime there are items or debris on the floor, it can increase the risk of a shopper tripping and falling. In addition, if anyone spills anything on the floor, customers may slip and fall if it is not cleaned up in a timely fashion. If stores do not regularly inspect their premises and rectify any conditions that may be hazardous, they can be held responsible for any injuries that result from falls.

Inadequate Security in Stores

Days like “Black Friday” are notorious for bringing out the worst in shoppers. People have been known to fight over sale items or even trample others trying to be the first ones into a store when it opens. Since 2006, 98 people have reportedly been injured1 at stores that were having Black Friday sales and many of these injuries happened due to disagreements or brawls between customers. To keep customers safe, stores should have adequate security measures in place to control customers and prevent altercations whenever possible. If a store has inadequate security and fights are allowed to occur, the store may be held liable for resulting injuries.

Collisions in Parking Lots

Roads are not the only place that car and pedestrian crashes can happen. Parking lots can be chaotic during the holiday months and many drivers may hit people walking or may collide with other cars. The collisions can cause serious injuries just like crashes that happen on the roads.

Call Our Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation

As you prepare for the holidays, we hope you are able to stay safe and injury-free. However, if you are in an accident, please contact the Phoenix personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. as soon as possible. We can advise you of your legal rights, so call today at 602-819-5191.


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