During the holiday season in Poway, many families travel to Southern California for vacations while others travel to other parts of the country to visit family members or friends. When you are staying in a hotel or motel for the holidays, it is important to understand potential hazards and injury risks in these spaces and to take precautions. Our experienced Poway hotel injury attorneys have tips for you to avoid accidents and injuries at hotels and motels over the holidays.
Watch Kids Around the Pool Area
If you are staying at a hotel or motel with a pool, it may be tempting to say “yes” when your kids ask if they can go down to the pool on their own. Drowning accidents are much too common at hotels and motels across the country, and most hotels do not have lifeguards on duty who can provide any kind of supervision. Even if you have teenagers, it is important to take precautions and to supervise your children while they are swimming.
Beyond the risks of drowning, it is also important to avoid running on a wet pool patio or deck. These areas can be slick, and a serious slip and fall injury may occur.
Take Precautions on Staircases
Whether you are going up or down an interior or exterior staircase at a hotel or motel, you should always hold the handrail and avoid running. Slips and falls occur with some frequency on staircases, and injuries can occur more frequently when stairs are not properly lit, or carpet or flooring on the stairs is torn or damaged.
Avoid Elevator Injuries
Many hotels have elevators, and it is essential to keep in mind that elevators can pose injury risks for passengers. You should always watch your step when you step into the elevator, recognizing that there may be a gap between the floor of the hotel and the elevator car. Elevators can also pose injury risks when passengers get limps caught in closing doors. Accordingly, do not attempt to quickly get into an elevator as its doors are closing. Finally, elevators have weight limits, and it is critical to avoid overloading an elevator. If a particular elevator looks very crowded, you should wait for the next elevator car.
Check Window and Door Locks
Third-party assaults can occur at hotels and motels, especially when a hotel room has a broken window or door lock. Before you settle in for the night, you should check the windows and doors to ensure that everything is secure.
If any unreasonable hazards result in an injury, you may be able to file a negligence claim against the hotel or motel under California premises liability law.
Contact Our Poway Hotel Negligence Attorneys
If you or someone you love sustained a serious injury at a hotel or motel in Southern California, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. One of our experienced Poway hotel negligence lawyers can evaluate your case for you today and can discuss your options for filing a claim. Contact the Walton Law Firm for more information.
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