Thousands of college students going to school in the Aiken area will be taking time off from classes to enjoy spring break vacations. Families also enjoy traveling at this time of year. While it can be the perfect opportunity to visit destinations along the coast, it is important to take some safety precautions. Increased crowds and the rowdy nature of some spring breakers make personal injuries more likely to happen. So, if you’re going on spring break, review these safety tips to prevent these personal injuries from occurring.
Common Causes of Personal Injuries Over Spring Break
Spring break extends throughout the months of March and April. After a long, cold winter, the idea of spending time on the beach in warmer climates is appealing. However, traveling over spring break does present some hazards. Common causes of personal injuries include:
Car accidents. Heavy traffic and visitors who are unfamiliar with their destinations make car accidents more likely to happen. Driving under the influence is also a common contributing factor. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motorists in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are all at increased risks.
Pedestrian accidents. As crowds of young people descend on beach towns, they often throw precaution to the wind. Congregating on streets, walking late at night, and not looking before crossing intersections increases pedestrian accident risks.
Slips and falls. Cluttered halls in beachside hotels, wet floors in lobbies and at pools, and uneven walkways all make slip and fall accidents more likely to happen.
Drowning accidents. Swimmers often underestimate undercurrents in the ocean. Too much alcohol may cloud their judgment further. Drowning accidents can also happen at hotel pools, where lifeguards generally are not present.
Spring Break Safety Tips
If you’re going on spring break, review these safety tips to prevent the above personal injuries:
Drive smart. Get your car checked before your trip and get plenty of rest the night before you travel. Once you reach your destination, be aware of local speed limits, avoid distractions while driving, and keep an eye out for pedestrians, unexpected stops, or other traffic signals. If you know you are going to have even one or two drinks, arrange to get an Uber home.
Stay healthy and hydrated. Drinking and spending time in the sun could easily cause you to become dehydrated. Lack of sleep from late-night carousing can also impact your health. This makes slips, falls, and other types of accidental injuries more likely to happen.
Use the buddy system. Whether you are swimming, going out on the town, or simply hanging at the hotel, take a friend with you and let others in your group know where you are going.
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When personal injuries happen, it is often the reckless actions of others that are to blame. At the Surasky Law Firm, LLC, we help you hold them accountable. To find out how you can get the compensation you need to recover, contact our Aiken personal injury attorney and request a consultation today.