Causes of Spring Break Accidents and Injuries
Now that winter is winding down, and temperatures are on the rise, the places with the best weather are gearing up for an influx of Spring Break visitors. Each year, hundreds of thousands of college students and families converge on some of the most popular destinations for a week of relaxation and celebration. Unfortunately, these fun-filled trips can be complicated by life-changing spring break accidents and injuries.
While a spring break getaway is supposed to be fun, there are many risks associated with these trips, as there often are to unfamiliar locations. Many of these trips involve heavy drinking and risky behavior, but accidents and injuries can also result from just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In other words, some accident victims are innocent bystanders who are simply trying to enjoy their vacation.
Many of the most common types of spring break accidents and injuries are preventable. If someone was negligent or intentionally caused an injury to your child during one of these trips, you may have a claim for damages.
Binge drinking is a widespread practice among college students, particularly during vacation periods. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism indicates that close to 50 percent of all college students regularly engage in this behavior. When taken too far, binge drinking can lead to risky behavior as well as alcohol poisoning and even death. Bartenders and resorts who continue to serve underage and clearly intoxicated drinkers could be held liable for the results.
DUI Accident Injuries
In 2016, there were more than 5,200 alcohol-related auto accidents in Florida alone, resulting in 461 deaths. People who enter the Sunshine State for spring break and fail to party responsibly are one hundred percent on the hook for the results of their choices. Driving while under the influence is not only illegal, but it can result in serious injuries and death.
Victims of Violent Crimes
Violent crimes increase during spring break periods for several reasons. Alcohol may fuel emotions and lead to bar fights, sometimes pulling innocent bystanders into the mix. Criminals also see this time as an opportunity, and they prey on vacationers with crimes such as theft, muggings, physical assaults, and sex offenses. If you or a family member are the victim of a crime, file a police report immediately.
The fifth leading cause of accidental injury death in this country is unintentional drowning. Spring breakers flock to the ocean and resort-style swimming pools, but both scenarios have dangers. When there is overcrowding and a lack of lifeguards, an accident is more likely. Dangerous behavior around the water also increases the risk of accidents. Depending on where the drowning occurred, a property owner could be held liable.
Cruise Ship Injuries
Cruises have become increasingly popular ways to spend a week off from school, but they aren’t without risk. There are thousands of cruise ship injuries each year resulting from falling objects, slippery decks, contaminated food, and even assaults. Your legal rights in these cases may be governed by maritime law, so these are often complex cases.
Dangerous Premises Injuries
Accidents and injuries can occur on another party’s premises that wasn’t safe enough to prevent injury or death. Some examples of common premises liability claims from spring break vacations include nightclubs, hotels, amusement parks, restaurants, and retail stores. If you or your child slips and falls due to the property owner or manager’s negligence or suffers some other type of injury, you should not be responsible for the damages.
Was Your Child Injured During Spring Break?
It’s a sad fact that too many spring break memories are of tragedies that leave behind life-altering results for children and their families. Whether your child is a college student or younger, if they were injured due to the careless acts or negligence of another party, you have the right to make a claim for damages.
At Smith & McGhee, PC, our personal injury attorneys will review your case and fully explain your options. Let us be your family’s advocate to fight for compensation for their injuries and pain and suffering, as well as your lost wages during this tough time. Contact our Dothan office now at (334) 702-1744 to schedule a free consultation.