The last thing you want after an amazing night out with friends is to wind up in an accident and emergency department, nursing injuries caused by slips, trips or falls or a road traffic accident. Returning from a night out safely is the final element of your night on the tiles, and extra care should be taken, especially if you are under the influence of alcohol.
Returning from a night out safely
Here are five safety tips to ensure you get home safely and remember your night out for all the right reasons:
- Drink in moderation: Many of us enjoy a drink on a night out, but alcohol can have a serious impact on your judgement, your balance and your reaction times, which in turn increases the risk of accidents significantly. If you drink a lot, especially in a short space of time, you may find that you struggle to stay upright and you end up falling in a public place or slipping over and injuring yourself. Common slip, trip and fall injuries include cuts and grazes, head injuries, fractures, sprains and strains.
- Take a taxi or a night bus: If you’re out late, don’t try and walk home. Use public transport, such as night buses, or get a taxi. If you haven’t got any cash on you, there are now systems in place, which enable you to get home and then pay later and you can also link your debit card to a taxi account.
- Take a change of shoes: If you’re out in sky-scraper heels, consider taking a pair of flat shoes out with you so that you can change later in the night. Walking in high heels is hard enough at the best of times, let alone after a few drinks and swapping for a comfortable pair of flats will help to reduce the risk of a public place fall.
- Don’t drive: If you have had anything alcoholic to drink, avoid driving home. Drink driving is a leading cause of road traffic accidents and it could have devastating consequences for you and other road users. Know your limits and if you know you’re going to be tempted to drink, arrange a lift home or call a taxi.
- Let somebody know that you are home: If you’re heading home on your own or your friends have already got out of the taxi and you’re the next drop off, let somebody know that you’ve made it home safely.
Can I make a claim for an accident after a night out?
If you’ve been injured in a public place or you’ve had a slip or trip and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim public liability compensation.
If you sought medical advice at the time and you have the evidence to prove that the incident occurred as a result of somebody else’s negligence, call Accident Advice Helpline for expert advice on claiming no-win no-fee* slip, trip or fall compensation.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice