For many people, Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. Therefore, many families spend the extended weekend enjoying some quality time before changing focus toward the upcoming holiday season. Sadly, there will be many accidents over the Labor Day Weekend. Below are common injuries that occur during the holiday weekend and how you can avoid these injuries.

Boating Accidents

Many people will spend the weekend on the water with friends and family. It is very important to exercise safe boating practices including avoiding drinking too much while operating a boat and ensuring everyone on the boat has a life jacket. Also, make sure you focus on your surroundings because distracted driving can be just as dangerous on a boat as it can in a vehicle.

Traffic Accidents

With the increased number of vehicles on the road, it is very important to take steps to decrease the risk of a traffic accident. Things you can do include:

  • Get plenty of rest the night before driving
  • Avoid drinking and driving
  • Leave early for your destination
  • Plan an alternate route in case you run into a traffic jam
  • Schedule routine service for your vehicle before you leave
  • Fill up the gas tank the night before leaving
  • Avoid distractions while driving

Accidents Using Fireworks

Many people will celebrate with fireworks. If you are using fireworks, make sure that you take steps to decrease your risk of injury. The National Council on Fireworks Safety provides a list of safety tips and procedures for the safe use of fireworks on its website. Also, do not forget to check local ordinances to make sure that you are not violating any local laws by using fireworks.

Swimming Accidents

Whether it is in a pool, lake, or ocean, you need to be careful when swimming. Also watch young children and never swim after consuming alcohol. The Red Cross provides swimming safety tips on its website. In addition to being safe in the water, you need to be safe in the sun.

To protect yourself from sun burns this Labor Day Weekend, you should:

  • Apply sunscreen and reapply according to the directions for maximum protection
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses
  • Take frequent breaks in the shade
  • Stay hydrated — carry water with you and drink it often
  • Wear loose fitting, breathable clothing
  • Keep a close eye on the elderly and others who may be prone to heat related illnesses

Fresno And Central California Valley Personal Injury Attorneys

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend. However, if you are injured because of another party’s negligence, we are here to help you with the injury claim. You may be entitled to receive compensation for damages, including medical bills, lost income, emotional suffering, and physical pain.

Contact Torem & Associates by telephone at 1-800-954-4444 or online by using the contact form on our website to request more information or to schedule a free legal consultation.