A first date can be nerve-wracking enough, without worrying about the risk of common first date accidents, such as slips, trips and falls. If you’re preparing to go out with somebody for the first time, here are some tips to help you steer clear of first date dramas and avoid slip and trip injuries.
Common first date accidents
Examples of common first date accidents include:
- slipping on a wet floor in a bar or restaurant
- tripping over stairs, uneven pavements and other obstacles, such as litter
- burns and scalds at restaurants and cafés
- falls in public places, such as a cinema, where it’s hard to see in the dark
- falling when wearing high-heeled shoes
- slipping on icy or wet pavements
How to avoid first date dramas
Going on a first date can be daunting, especially if you’ve not been on a date in a while or you really like the other person. Sometimes, it’s impossible to prevent accidents in a public place, but often, there are some simple steps you can take to minimise the risk of injury, including:
- Relax! When you’re nervous, there may be a greater risk of accidents, so try to stay as calm as possible.
- Wear suitable footwear: it’s understandable to want to look your best, but if you’re doing a lot of walking or it’s raining or snowing outside, it’s best to go with comfort and practicality over style to reduce your risk of slip and trip injuries.
- Plan ahead: most slips and trips occur when you’re in a rush, so try and give yourself plenty of time to get ready and get to your first date destination.
- Watch where you’re going: it’s easy to get distracted when you’re walking along, so try and avoid texting and listening to music when you’re crossing roads or you’re in a crowd of people.
Can I claim for a first date accident?
If you were injured in a public place on your first date and you were not at fault, you may have a viable public liability claim. If you slipped on a wet floor which wasn’t marked or you stumbled over a loose paving stone, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile for more information and advice on claiming no win, no fee* slip, trip or fall compensation.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown