Christmas is fast approaching and before we know it, we’ll be counting down and welcoming in the New Year. For many, New Year is a chance to get together with friends and family and celebrate; if you’re planning to party the night away or you’re looking for inspiration for a great location to bring in 2016 without worrying about slips, trips and falls, here are some of the busiest and liveliest areas in the UK on New Year’s Eve and some top tips to help you prevent public place accidents:
Home to the world-famous Hogmanay celebrations, Edinburgh is an incredibly popular choice for New Year. With a street party to rival anywhere in the world, live music, a torch-lit procession and traditional Ceilidh dancing, it’s no wonder that people travel from all corners of the globe to join in the fun. Last year, almost 150,000 revellers descended on the Scottish capital.
London is an exciting and bustling place at any time of the year, but it really comes alive on New Year’s Eve. With countless parties going on and clubs open until the early hours of the morning, London attracts thousands of visitors wishing to usher in the New Year in style. One major draw is the breathtaking firework display, which lights up the iconic skyline and the River Thames; get there early to grab a good spot.
Avoiding accidents in the UK on New Year’s Eve
The last thing you want is to end up starting the year nursing an injury or being involved in an accident in a public place. Crowded areas are often hazardous and it’s best to be wary of some of the main dangers; here are some tips to keep you safe this New Year:
- avoid rushing
- wear suitable footwear
- watch out for litter, clothing, umbrellas and other obstructions
- take extra care if it is slippery or icy
- wrap up warm
- drink in moderation: alcohol increases your risk of accidents, including slips and trips
Can I claim compensation for a New Year accident?
If you’ve been injured in a public place and you were not at fault, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 569 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to discuss your slip, trip or fall claim with an advisor. Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in handling public liability claims.
Date Published: December 3, 2015
Author: David Brown