Common Spring Break Personal Injuries
Spring Break in Texas means a time to unwind and relax, but accidents and injuries are common as people travel to new and unfamiliar locales. If you have been injured while traveling, you may be unsure of what to do. You may have wondered if you should pursue a financial recovery if you have been involved in a car wreck or a slip-and-fall accident and have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. Who should you contact to help you? A skilled Dallas personal injury attorney can help you navigate your Texas personal injury claim, whether your injury occurred at home or on vacation.
What makes spring break and vacation injuries complicated for injury-sufferers is that they are often in unfamiliar territory and far from home. When traveling, you’re relying on reviews and recommendations versus personal experience with a business.
What are the most common spring break injuries? From injury-causing crashes on Texas’ deadly highways to alcohol-related injuries or a slip and fall in a restaurant or hotel, the possibilities for injury are endless.
Here are some of the most common spring break injuries to be aware of as you prepare for your upcoming travel:
- Car accidents
- Slips, trips and falls
- Alcohol-related injuries
- Assault and violence injuries
Car crashes. Travel on Texas highways can be deadly. In 2020, 3,896 people died in traffic crashes in Texas. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, you have a 1 in 3 chance of being seriously injured in a car crash in your lifetime. Year after year, Texas roads remain deadly and dangerous as at least 10 people die every day on Texas roads.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol related crashes accounted for over 10,100 deaths in 2019, the latest year for which the data was available. Even smaller amounts of alcohol can contribute to a crash, according to the agency. In 2019, 1,775 people were killed in crashes where a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 to .07, less than the legal limit of .08. Around one-third of all traffic crash deaths involve alcohol. An individual who causes serious injury or death by driving while intoxicated can be held financially and criminally liable for their actions. If you’ve been seriously injured because of a drunken driver, contact us to discuss your rights.
Slips, trips and falls. When visiting retail stores, bars and restaurants, hotels, museums and tourist attractions, be aware of the risk of a slip and fall injury. Be aware that these cases will be more successful if you can show that the injury was the result of a prolonged hazard – a sidewalk unrepaired for years, a water line leak that has been ongoing and never repaired, etc.
Alcohol-related injuries. Alcohol can be a major factor in injuries during spring break. From crashes to poor decision-making, overconsumption of alcohol is perhaps the leading cause of injury among spring breakers. Alcohol-related crashes can be made more complicated by factors such as dram shop laws which hold bars responsible for overserving guests. In Texas, dram shop laws hold establish that a bar can be held financially responsible for injuries to patrons if the injuries result from the patron being overserved alcohol. While some may feel that only the individual who makes the decision to drink and drive should be responsible, dram shop laws exist to protect communities and encourage businesses that serve alcohol to prioritize patron and community safety over their own bottom line. You can read more about dram shops in our post, Dram Shop 101.
Assaults and bar fights are commonly associated with binge drinking and can cause serious injury. While alcohol is not the direct cause of these incidents, alcohol use is associated with loss of inhibition and aggressive behaviors and is often a contributing factor. Assaults, bar fights and sexual assaults are common occurrences in settings where alcohol use is prominent such as spring break locales, college campuses and college parties. Victims of such injuries should pursue criminal charges against the individuals responsible and may be able to pursue claims against other entities.
Spring Break should be a fun and relaxing time for traveling. Awareness of the potential for injury can help protect you and your loved ones from preventable injuries. Got a personal injury question? Call us to discuss your case.