The Personal Injury Blog

Bank Holidays: The heightened dangers

Bank Holidays are usually times for relaxing, short holidays and generally enjoying a well-earned rest from work. Sadly, they are often peak times for accidents. We take a look at some of the most common causes during this busy period.


The roads and motorways are usually full of enthusiastic drivers, eager to make the most of the long weekend. Unfortunately, some drivers are more eager to get to their destinations than others, taking unnecessary risks and causing accidents.

One of our solicitors was involved in a traffic accident some years ago when a driver lost concentration on a motorway and drove into the back of his car as he and his family made their way down to Devon.

Visiting commercial premises

Many of us choose bank holidays as an opportunity to spend time with friends and family. As many of us do so, public places become crowded, busy and so more dangerous.

An owner of a property, such as a cinema, restaurant or shopping centre, has a duty to ensure that their premises are safe at all time for all visitors, no matter how busy they get.

We act in many people who have suffered injuries following accidents whilst visiting busy premises. Be sure to watch out for spillages, broken equipment or defects whilst out and about.

The great outdoors

As many of us head out to the countryside to get away from such busy commercial places, there are still many dangers lurking. As well as uneven public footpaths, there are risks of livestock protecting their young.

We act for many Claimants who suffer injuries whilst out and about. We have just obtained a decision on liability for a lady who tripped over an overgrown area of grassed land whilst walking her dog and suffered a significant fracture to her left ankle. We shall now be obtaining medical evidence and attempting to arrange rehabilitation in the form of physiotherapy for her.


The longer weekends mean many of us like to celebrate with a drink. However as more of us flock to the pub, the number of criminal injuries that take place increases. Claimants who suffer injuries at the hand of criminal activities may pursue claims via the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

We have been successful in a case for a lady, who whilst out with friends in her local public house, was pushed by individuals fighting. She suffered a fracture to her right wrist as a result and we were able to obtain damages in the sum of £5,500.00 for her.

Should you have been unfortunate enough to have suffered an injury whilst out and about this Easter, please do not hesitate to contact our team on 0114 218 4000 or email


Ellie Buckley

Eleanor is a Personal Injury Assistant in our Personal injury department. Eleanor is studying law via Cilex and is due to qualify as a Legal Executive in the summer of 2015. For more information on this topic email or call her on 0114 218 4233.

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