Stay Injury Free this Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day weekend kicks off the start of the summer season. From pool parties to road trips, the season is perfect for vacations and relaxing, but the weekend can also be deadly if you fail to use caution while enjoying all those start-of-summer activities.
AAA estimates that travel will increase 60 percent this Memorial Day weekend compared with 2020. As more and more Americans receive their COVID-19 vaccines, more families are deciding to get back to traveling, according to the agency. Travel has not returned to 2019 levels, but as positivity rates decline, more individuals are ready to hit the road again. AAA Travel reports that 9 of 10 families will travel by car for Memorial Day weekend, and that means lots of opportunities and increased risk for being involved in a traffic crash, possibly a severe one.
Whether you are traveling for Memorial Day or joining friends or family to celebrate close to home, know the risks so you can stay safe and prevent injuries.
Car crash injuries. Traveling to see friends and family or getting out of town for a long weekend are Memorial Day highlights that kick off the summer. But, as more drivers hit the road, there will be more crashes and more injuries, many of them severe. Pent-up desire to travel will likely drive lots of Memorial Day traffic as travelers opt to leave town after a year of being stuck at home thanks to COVID-19. Exercise caution when traveling. Road trip fatigue is a real danger. Take breaks every few hours when traveling, and take turns driving. Avoid driving at night or when overly tired.
Drunk driving risks. Celebratory holidays and alcohol are natural counterparts. Drinking and driving puts you and others at risk. Be hyper aware of drunken drivers when leaving your Memorial Day celebrations or traveling. Many drivers may not even be above the legal alcohol limit at the end of a long day of celebrating but may simply be overly fatigued. Alcohol and driving just do not mix. Call an Uber or Lyft if you or a friend or family member has been drinking. In addition to the risk of injury, drunk driving opens you up to the possibility of criminal prosecution.
Grill and fireworks injuries. Backyard barbecues and fireworks are hallmarks of patriotic holidays, but also perfect opportunities for carelessness and injuries. Fireworks injuries commonly bring individuals to local emergency rooms on holidays. In 2019, fireworks injuries were the cause of an estimated 10,000 emergency room visits. More than one-third of those injured by fireworks were children under the age of 15, and half of all injuries were to individuals younger than 20, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Prevent injuries by creating a safety zone and keep children away from grills and fireworks. Do not shoot off fireworks if you’ve been drinking. We highly recommend leaving fireworks to the professionals.
Summertime celebrations can easily sour if marred by injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence, it’s important to discuss your potential case with a personal injury attorney who can help you decide if you should pursue a financial recovery. Our office is happy to provide a no-cost consultation to help you decide how to move forward from a severe injury. Call us to discuss your case. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!