Going shopping is not something most people would normally consider to be a dangerous undertaking. There are, however, some dangers lurking out there that can turn a shopping trip into a disaster. Here are some of the most hazardous things on your shopping trip:
Someone very wise once said that the best way to stay safe on the road is to assume that every other vehicle is driven by a lunatic. While this may seem harsh, the fact is that many car accidents are caused by people not paying attention, blatantly ignoring warning signs or traffic lights or, even worse, drinking and driving. Being prepared for the worst often helps to prevent it.
Accidents caused by potholes
Then, of course, there is the state of British roads. Potholes can cause serious road accidents even to the most careful of drivers. Going shopping in heavy rain, for example, could mean you do not see a pothole because it is filled with water.
Before you know it, you have a flat tyre and even if you manage to avoid veering into oncoming traffic, the car behind you may not be able to stop in time to prevent hitting your rear end.
Even if you make it to the shops unscathed, the danger is far from over. The walk from your car into the shop of your choice can be fraught with danger. Eroding pavements and potholes make it all too easy to be injured by trips or falls. Even getting into the shop carries a risk of tripping over steps, and the door mats of some shops have corners that cause unsuspecting shoppers to trip by refusing to lie down flat.
Having made it safely into the shop, you may then come across a spillage that has not been cleared or a recently mopped floor without adequate warning signs. Before you know it, you do a rather poor Jenna McCorkell (most successful female figure skater of all time) impression and end up in a bruised and bleeding heap on the floor, carefully feeling for broken bones.
Other personal injuries
To make matters worse, a poorly stacked display of cans collapses and you are hit by flying tins. Your personal injuries are then added to as you use the self-checkout machine and get electrocuted.
Making compensation claims
While it is highly unlikely that you will ever hit a series of events like these there is always a risk of getting injured in public places. If you are, you may be able to claim for compensation.
A free, confidential chat to one of Accident Advice Helpline’s advisers will help to determine whether or not you are eligible to claim for compensation, no matter where or how you were injured. Always bear in mind that the most hazardous things on your shopping trip, may be those you have never even considered before!