Spring break is a time to enjoy the warmer temperatures and forget about school. With the holiday quickly approaching, it is important for parents and young adults to be aware of the risks out there, so that they can avoid them and enjoy their vacations.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States. They account for approximately 8.9 million visits to the emergency room each year, according to the National Safety Council. Most people are prone to clumsiness; during spring break, pay extra attention to your children while they are playing – especially around swimming pools and other slick areas.
Unfortunately, binge drinking is a common occurrence among college students on spring break. According to data pulled from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, almost half of all college students engage in binge drinking on a regular basis. Spring break only amplifies this – and some students take it too far. Some female students have been seen drinking as much as 10 drinks per day, while males drink as much as 18 per day during spring break.
Binge drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning and other serious injuries. These can have long-term effects, including serious brain injury or death.
During spring break, there is increased traffic on city streets, as well as highways, in Louisville. With that increased traffic comes an increased risk for accidents. During spring break season, there is also an increase in the number of drunk driving accidents. With more teens out of school and on the roads, the number of distracted driving accidents is also likely to increase – whether it is teens using cell phones, texting, or just talking to passengers.
Whether it is a college party involving alcohol or just a get-together at your home, there is a higher risk for accidental drownings and other water-related injuries during spring break. This is because families go to public pools, homes open up their pools and host spring break parties, and college dorms are full of students ready to party at the local pool. If you or your children are swimming, make sure that everyone is aware of the pool rules and follows them. That means no running on the pool deck, always wearing floatation devices for novice swimmers, and having an adult supervise small children at all times.
Was Your Child Injured During Spring Break?
Whether your child is in college or elementary school, if he or she was injured due to someone’s negligence over spring break, you may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Speak with a Louisville personal injury attorney today to explore your options. Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC is here to help you during your child’s recovery. Let us work as your child’s advocate to obtain compensation for their injuries and pain and suffering, as well as your lost wages while you care for him or her. To get started, schedule a free consultation at 502-855-4177 or fill out our online contact form.