Every December, thousands of people go to tree farms in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Unfortunately, many people often end up with serious injuries because they neglect to safely transport their tree. In order to ensure your and your loved one’s safety this Christmas season and learn more on safely transporting Christmas trees, read and follow the tips below.
If you or a loved one sustain an injury this holiday season due to another’s negligence, contact a Chicago injury attorney right away. Our attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. have years of experience handling personal injury cases and can help you file your claim and pursue compensation for your injuries.
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Ask Tree Farm Employees For Help
The tree farm worker have likely helped numerous people choose, cut, and carefully stow many types of trees on top of their car. So, they may be able to tell you what will and won’t work best for your tree. This little step can save you the hassle of having your car or tree get damaged on the car ride home.
Choose a Tree Lot That Will Shake and Net Your Tree
Many tree farms and lots have a special machine that will shake your tree in order to remove any loose needles. After that, they will often run the tree through a machine that puts a protective net around it. This process secures the branches and prevents debris from flying off while you drive. Accoring to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, road debris accounts for roughly 25,000 car crashes a year. Thus, it is extremely important to properly secure your tree from debris.
Bring Plenty of Sturdy Rope or Cable
While the lot will most likely have cable to tie your tree to your car, you should still make sure to bring your own heavy-duty, durable cables. After the tree is tied down, you should give it several hard tugs to test the knots to ensure the tree won’t move while you are driving.
The key to safely transporting your Christmas tree is driving with caution. Even if you’re on the highway, you should drive slowly and maintain a safe distance from other cars. Make sure to stay in the right lane and put your hazards on. If you drive carefully, your tree will be less likely to move around, fall off, and cause a severe injury.
Make Sure the Tree Doesn’t Block Your Sight
Occasionally, trees have to be put inside the vehicle. If this is the case, make sure the tree does not obscure the driver’s line of sight. The driver must be able to see out of the windshield and utilize all mirrors at all times.
Contact a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer For Help Today
Not everyone on the road may know how to safely transport their Christmas tree. If you hit a tree that has fallen off of someone else’s car, you could seek compensation for the damage done to your vehicle, any medical bills you encounter, and pain and suffering.
In addition, if your tree was fastened to your car by one of the employees on the lot yet comes loose and causes an accident, you may be able to hold the tree lot accountable for their negligence.