It’s almost that time again. Spring break. Whether you are a college student or a family with kids about to get days off from school, traveling for spring break is a welcome adventure. South Florida is a very common destination this time of the year. Fort Lauderdale ranked as the fourth most popular spot for Spring Break 2017 in a recent survey by Allianz Global Assistance, which examined more than four million trips planned between February 24 and April 9 for travel between five and eight days in length. Florida cities Orlando, Fort Myers, and Tampa also made the list, ranking first, six, and tenth respectively.
Personal injuries can happen to anyone, anytime, so be sure to pack safety this spring break by:
- Being careful around the water
- Paying attention while driving
- Using common sense when drinking
- Being aware of your surroundings
- Wearing all safety equipment appropriate for the activity.
As exciting as it is to travel and explore, it’s important not to leave safety behind. Spring break season means more people milling about, distracted while walking, distracted while driving, driving on unfamiliar streets, driving while tired, and engaging in (potentially dangerous) water activities. It means more cars on the road, more general congestion, and more alcohol consumption. Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t slip and fall due to a property hazard, get hurt on an improperly maintained escalator, be injured in a car accident as a driver or passenger, or be the victim of an assault that wouldn’t have happened if not for negligent or inadequate security.
Despite precautions, accidents and injuries can still occur, but you can at least try to have a safe, carefree vacation by:
- Limiting your alcohol consumption
- Using the buddy system if you do choose to drink
- Wearing seat belts while in the car
- Wearing life vests while boating
- Locking doors at your accommodations
- Securing wallets, passports, and money
- Not sharing your personal details with new acquaintances
- Not driving while tired just to make it to your destination faster
- Swimming only in designated areas
- Putting your phone down when behind the wheel
- Complying with age and height restrictions on activities
- Staying alert and aware of your surroundings when sightseeing.
Whether you are a visitor who was injured here or you're a Florida resident, the personal injury lawyers at Stabinski and Funt, P.A. can help. For out-of-towners, it is actually beneficial to have an attorney who is native to Florida, has connections in the area, and is familiar with local courts. Skill and dedication are what really matters when pursuing compensation.
If you or your child was injured while traveling on spring break, or if you are the survivor of someone who was killed due to someone else’s reckless or careless behavior, the attorneys at Stabinski and Funt, P.A. can help by reviewing your case and discussing all available legal options. For 45 years, we have advocated for countless personal injury victims and their families throughout South Florida. We offer risk-free consultations and work on a contingency basis, which means that we do not require you to pay any fees until we have secured a recovery on your behalf. If you have any questions about this topic, feel free to contact us by calling 305-964-8644 or filling out a free case evaluation form.