How The Situation Surrounding COVID-19 Increases Personal Injury Risks
Stay home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic are being lifted and phased reopening plans are underway in Florida. While people are eager to return to work and resume their normal activities, social distancing continues to be encouraged to reduce your odds of contracting the virus. However, COVID-19 is not the only risk you face. As some continue to feel panicked over the situation and others rush to return to normal, there is an increased risk for personal injuries. Find out how these can happen, how to protect yourself, and your rights in filing a personal injury claim.
Common Causes of Personal Injuries In Daytona Beach
While many local businesses have reopened, the City of Daytona Beach continues to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19. To reduce the potential number of new cases, city officials issued a resolution in late June requiring that masks be worn in all indoor areas. There is plenty of controversy surrounding the issue, but it has not stopped people from returning to their normal activities. It also has not stopped large numbers of tourists from flocking to Daytona Beach from other areas.
In addition to keeping yourself safe from the virus during this difficult time, it is important to take steps to reduce your personal injury risks as well. Among the most common causes of personal injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents: Between drivers distracted by the situation surrounding the pandemic and visitors unfamiliar with our, car accidents are more likely to happen. In addition to motorists, they can impact bicyclists and pedestrians as well. To protect yourself, be alert for dangerous driving behaviors, such as speeding, tailgating, or weaving in and out of lanes. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination and use extra caution in parking lots and heavy traffic conditions.
- Slip and fall accidents: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), slips and falls are one of the most common causes of personal injuries. They often happen in grocery stores, restaurants, retail establishments, office buildings, or any public place and are more likely now due to limited staffing. Be alert for wet floors, uneven walkways, loose carpeting or paving tiles, and other trip hazards that may go unattended.
- Getting struck by or against objects: Unevenly stocked shelves, constant loading of supplies, loose fixtures, and areas under construction all increase your risks of being struck by or against objects. When visiting stores or local attractions, be aware of posted warning signs, avoid crowded areas, and allow plenty of clearance for workers or any obstacles in your path.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
When personal injuries happen, it is generally due to the reckless actions of others involved. At Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A., we can help you hold them accountable, either through an insurance claim or by filing a personal injury lawsuit. To ensure you get the compensation you need to recover, reach out and contact our Daytona Beach personal injury attorneys to request a consultation today.