Happy St Patricks Day! Today is a special day for people all over the UK and Ireland where they honour their saint by wearing green. Now, normally on St Patrick’s Day, many people would decide to go out and enjoy some socialization in a pub or a bar with their friends. However, this year things are going to be a bit different. Covid-19 and the current lockdown has ensured that pubs and bars are going to remain shut. In fact, in order to maintain social distancing, and avoid getting in trouble with the law, you are not going to be able to meet up with your friends to drink like you may have previously. As we said, this year the holiday is going to have to be celebrated with caution in mind.
Here at Gowing Law Solicitors, we would highly recommend that you stay in your home and, if you are going to drink, do not drink in excess. If you do, there is a chance that you could get hurt. Did you know that the majority of traffic accidents actually happen on this holiday? Our law firm wants to make sure that you remain safe and abide by the social distancing laws currently in place. If you do get hurt in a public area on St Patrick’s Day, don’t hesitate to contact Gowing Law about a compensation claim. You can call us on 0161 464 4444 or visit our personal injury claim’s page here:
Road Traffic Accidents & St Patricks Day
Did you know that 25,000 pedestrian accidents are actually reported to the police every year? St Patricks Day is notorious for drunk drivers and road traffic accidents. This is due to the drunken celebrations of the holiday. If you are a pedestrian then you are eligible to make a pedestrian traffic claim. Traffic accident claims can be made if the driver, who hurt the pedestrian, neglected their “duty of care” towards the victim. They are responsible for keeping pedestrians, other drivers and passengers safe when they are utilizing the road or sidewalk. It is illegal to drink and drive, but this does not stop people from doing it. If you are the victim of drunk driving then you can make a compensation claim against them.
We would like all of our clients to know that whether you have got injured on a holiday, or on any other day of the year, our solicitors will be here to support you. They can help you collect your evidence and make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve.
Evidence can include:
Although St Patricks Day may be different this year, because there are no pubs and bars to go to, there is a chance that people may end up drinking at home. Therefore, it is important that you are aware that there could be drunken drivers on the road. Make sure to keep an eye on the roads if you are planning on going out. That way if you notice a driver:
- Breaking the speed limit
- Being involved in a “hit and run”
- Driving through red lights
- Speeding on the wrong side of the road
- Refusing to stop for pedestrians
You can alert the authorities and also make sure to keep out of their pathway. That way you should be able to stay safe if you go out in the evening, especially on St Patrick’s Day.
What sort of other personal injuries can happen on St Patricks Day?
When we think about personal injuries and St Patricks Day, the first thing that comes to mind are drunk drivers. However, there are several other public accidents that could lead to you making a compensation claim. It’s tradition to bake on St Patrick’s Day, so if you work in a restaurant, it’s likely that you could be getting takeaway orders for people to celebrate the occasion. You could get hurt due to:
- Kitchen accidents (such as fires or knife accidents)
- Slips & trips
- Violent customer altercations
Even during the pandemic, you could still be eligible for compensation if you suffered due to the negligence of your manager or work staff. They should be doing everything within their power to ensure you are safe when you do your job, even during the holiday season, therefore if you can prove that you suffered from their negligence, you could have a successful claim on your hands.
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Criminal Injuries & St Patricks Day
Another thing that we would also like to make note of in relation to St Patricks Day are criminal injuries. Now, you should not really be going out this holiday season, however if people do choose to get extremely drunk in the evening time, it is likely that you could become the victim of criminal damages. This could include you becoming involved in a physical altercation or someone invading your home, or damaging your property (and you) in the process. Under the CICA scheme, you could be eligible for compensation. Just make sure to alert the police and allow them to conduct an investigation before you make your claim. That way it will not be invalidated by refusing to get the proper authorities involved.
Keep safe on St Patricks Day!
Here at Gowing Law Solicitors, we want to make sure that you are safe for holiday occasion. However, if you end up getting hurt due to someone else’s negligence, you could be owed compensation. Our lawyers are here to support you throughout your claim. You can come to us for free advice and consultations to get started. If you are happy to work with our team, we can offer our services on a “no win-no fee” basis. That way you will always come out on top and will never need to pay any hidden fees.
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We wish you a Happy St Patricks Day and look forward to seeing you in our next blog!