Memorial Day Injuries Make Summer’s Kickoff Dangerous
Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kickoff to summer fun, but for too many victims of accidents, the fun comes to a screeching halt. The National Safety Council calls Memorial Day the second most dangerous holiday of the year, trailing only Independence Day. There are several reasons for this:
- Increased travel
- Increased physical activity
- Increased alcohol consumption
All of these factors together increase the likelihood someone will be driving while worn out from a weekend of activities or from having had a few too many drinks. For these reasons, Memorial Day weekend produces about a 13 percent spike in fatal motor vehicle accidents, with Monday being the deadliest day of all.
Memorial Day weekend also produces an uptick in visits to the emergency room. Common Memorial Day injury events include:
- Alcohol poisoning — Adults overindulging is bad enough, but Memorial Day is a prime opportunity for underage drinking and even binge drinking by persons under 21. Such drinkers are 21 percent more likely to wind up in the ER on this holiday weekend.
- Amusement park mishaps — Slips and falls on park property are common as are whiplash injuries from fast, jarring rides.
- ATV accidents — Racing ATVs over hilly surfaces can cause deadly rollovers. Unsafe handling of vehicles can often be blamed on alcohol consumption or inexperience.
- Barbeque burns — Mishandling lighter fluid, especially by spraying fluid on hot coals, can cause flares that seriously burn grillers. Active children around the grill can easily cause a serious accident.
- Boating accidents — A day on the water can be a pleasant diversion, but too often, alcohol consumption or plain carelessness leads to preventable accidents. Failure to observe important safety rules, such as wearing a life vest, can turn a minor accident into a deadly tragedy.
- Swimming pool accidents — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that drowning is the fifth most common cause of unintentional injury death in the United States. We often associate drowning with boating accidents or deep, open water, but swimming pool deaths are far too frequent, especially among small children.
- Food poisoning — Your picnic table spread may look inviting, but leaving food out in the sun can give bacteria ample time to grow on raw fruits and vegetables as well as undercooked meat. Deadly bacteria, including salmonella and E. coli, can cause serious illness and even death.
As personal injury lawyers, we want you and your family to be safe throughout the holiday weekend. So, please, don’t take any unnecessary risks. And temper your activities with a reverent observance of the true meaning of Memorial Day. Take part in a local activity to honor our warriors who made the ultimate sacrifice. It’s not only the right thing to do but could steer you and your family clear of unnecessary risks some folks take when they lose sight of what matters.
If you are seriously injured on Memorial Day or any other day, you face an uphill battle to obtain compensation. But in Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina, you can trust Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, P.C. to fight for your rights. Call us at (888) 351-1038 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.