Be On the Lookout for Injury Hazards this Labor Day
Labor Day will quickly be upon us, and as we segue from the ease of summer back into the structure of the school year, many of us will make the most of the holiday. Labor Day is a great opportunity to gather with friends and family for outdoor fun in the sun. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that with all this revelry and good times come certain injury hazards. If someone else’s negligence leaves you or a loved one injured this Labor Day, consult with an experienced Round Rock personal injury lawyer.
Increased Traffic and Impaired Drivers
Labor Day caps a three-day weekend that sees increased traffic. With increased traffic, come increased traffic accidents. Further, Labor Day is a holiday full of good cheer that practically invites people to overindulge in ice-cold beer. Impaired drivers endanger everyone with whom they share the roadway. If you are required to get behind the wheel this Labor Day, forego alcohol and be on the lookout for drunk drivers in your midst.
Pool Parties and Inherent Dangers
Labor Day and Pool Parties just go together, but where there’s water, there are also serious risks – especially for children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) forwards several dire statistics related to unintentional drownings in the United States, including:
- From 2005 to 2014, 10 unintentional drowning deaths occurred every day.
- About 20 percent of these fatalities were children 14 years old and younger.
- For every child who drowns, five more require emergency medical treatment.
- The nonfatal injuries associated with drowning accidents are often extremely serious – severe brain damage, for instance.
If your Labor Day plans include fun in the pool (or any body of water), make sure that safety is your top priority. Children should always be carefully supervised when they are in or near the water.
Additional Injury Hazards
When the spirit of Labor Day is in full swing, it’s easy to lose sight of the injury hazards all around you, and there are plenty of them. These can include (but are not limited to):
- Excessive exposure to the sun – Don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen, hydrate frequently with water, and take regular breaks from the beating sun.
- Barbeques and burns – It’s not Labor day unless someone’s barbequing. The grill, however, is dangerous, especially for children. An experienced adult should man the grill at all times (when it is in use), and children should never be allowed near a hot grill. Don’t forget that grills can be extremely hot for a very long time after they’ve been in use.
If Someone Else’s Negligence Leaves You Injured this Labor Day, Consult with an Experienced Round Rock Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Have fun this Labor Day weekend, but also be careful. If you’re injured by the negligence of someone else this holiday weekend, Elissa Henry at Elissa I. Henry Law Firm, PLLC, in Round Rock, Texas, has the experience, compassion, and skill to help. For more information, please contact or call us at (512) 766-4529 today.