Spring break is here, and students are out in droves. Unfortunately, the party atmosphere lends itself to accidents and injuries. If you’re planning a trip this spring break, take precautions to avoid these common injuries. Should you be injured on spring break, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny for legal assistance.
- Alcohol-related injuries: Spring breakers are notorious for consuming vast quantities of alcohol. With binge drinking comes an increased possibility of car accidents, alcohol poisoning, falls, fights and more. If you plan to drink, make sure that you always have a designated driver. (Rideshares and taxis can be expensive, but they may also save lives.) Eat before you start drinking, and make sure that you stay hydrated. Finally, if you notice a friend struggling to speak or walk, get them to a safe location as soon as possible. Accidents can happen, but most alcohol-related injuries are preventable.
- Robbery or theft: Even completely sober partygoers can be victims of robbery and theft. It’s important to stay aware of your surroundings at all times, especially if you’re visiting a new location. Store valuables in hotel safes, and always make sure you know how to get back to your lodgings before going out. Of course, limiting your alcohol consumption will also help you stay safe.
- Accidental drowning: If you’re planning to hit the lake, river or beach while on break, take extra care. Men, especially, are susceptible to drowning due to alcohol use, risk-taking behavior and increased exposure to water. If you’re on a boat, be sure to wear a life jacket and limit your drinking. Never go swimming alone, especially if you’re under the influence.
- Infections: Getting a tattoo on spring break is a popular (if occasionally ill-advised) tradition. If you feel the urge to get some body art, research the tattoo artist beforehand. Unhygienic tattoo parlors can lead to serious skin infections. Similarly, if you suffer any cuts or scrapes during your trip, clean and disinfect the wound immediately—some students are tempted to ignore minor wounds in an effort to keep the party going.
- Extreme sports: If you’re thinking about engaging in extreme sports or other inherently dangerous activities, follow all safety precautions to the letter. Should you suffer an accident, there may be no legal recourse. You could end up paying for injuries out of your own pocket, even if someone else caused them.
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