Vacations are events that people spend most of their year looking forward to, and few people anticipate their vacation to turn into a scene of injury and devastation. When people go on vacation, they are usually more likely to try new adventures and do things that they normally wouldn't do at home. Sports such as mountain biking, skiing, bungee jumping and racing are all activities that can have a high risk for injury, and statistics show that it is common for vacation-goers to suffer sprains, strains and abrasions while on vacation.
Here at Mesa Law Firm, our Miami personal injury lawyers are familiar with the types of injuries that people suffer on vacation and the activities leading up to those injuries. We have provided some helpful tips for you and your loved ones so that you can remain safe while on your dream vacation. One of the main reasons for injury while on vacation is car accidents. Few people consider the possibility that they may be involved in a car crash while on vacation, but motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among healthy travelers. In fact, 1.3 million people are killed and 20-50 million are injured in motor vehicle crashes every year throughout the world. Nearly 25,000 of these deaths are among tourists. Part of the reason for this high number is that tourists are not always informed of local traffic laws and are usually driving in unfamiliar places.
Those who are on vacation in another country may not be accustomed to driving on the opposite side of the road, or may not be familiar with how to operate foreign cars. It is important to always buckle up when you drive, as studies have shown that seatbelts have saved over a quarter of a million lives since their inception. Whoever is driving the car on vacation should also take the time to learn about some of the local driving laws and should use a GPS when available. It is also wise to avoid riding in a car at night and to be alert when crossing the street.
Pedestrian accidents are a major source of injury for those who are on vacation because tourists spend a lot of their time walking around and sight-seeing. It is easy to become distracted when there is beautiful scenery and unfamiliar surroundings, but distraction can result in a serious pedestrian accident. The drivers of motor vehicles are also responsible for pedestrian accidents when they are distracted and fail to stop for pedestrians who are crossing intersections.
Some of the most common vacation-related injuries that take place in Florida, however, are related to the ocean. It is safe to say that most kids love playing in the water, and vacations to the beach are some of the main reasons why people visit Florida. It is a good idea to designate one adult to watch the kids while they are playing in the ocean so that they are not at such a high risk for drowning or injury. Following these tips and practicing basic safety knowledge is helpful in preventing and avoiding most of the vacation-related injuries and accidents, but sometimes an accident is out of your control. When you or your family have suffered injury, you can count on our team of Coral Gables injury lawyers to go above and beyond in protecting you and your rights.
When you call Mesa Law Firm about your injuries, we will immediately investigate whether or not the hotel, resort, or amusement park was responsible for your accident and determine if you are eligible for compensation. We know how to seek maximum compensation for accidents that are caused by the negligence or carelessness of others, and we will fight tirelessly for you. Call now!