Traveling during spring break is an annual tradition for many families with children of all ages. For some college students, it even seems like it is a rite of passage. School vacations are intended to be a fun, carefree break from winter and a welcome to spring. However, they can also bring an increased chance of accidents and injuries to vacationers.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those traveling during spring break are at risk of some common injuries, including:
- Car accidents - These types of accidents are often due to increased drivers on the roads at vacation destinations and drunk drivers.
- Slip and fall accidents - These types of accidents are one of the leading causes of "unintentional injuries" in the US, according to the National Safety Council.
- Binge drinking injuries - College students are most at risk of injuries related to overconsumption of alcohol, where binge drinking is often taken to the extreme.
- Water-related injuries - These types of accidents may included swimming-related (drowning, reef diving, surfing), or watercraft or boating accidents.
- Pedestrian accidents - Kids on foot may be injured by being distracted by mobile devices while walking, wandering into an unknown or possibly unsafe area or due to intoxication.
For those traveling internationally there may be additional risks of injury due to destination related illnesses or food and water consumption. The CDC recommends that all travelers know the risks associated with their vacation destination prior to going and to try to safeguard against the risks whenever possible. Here are some safety tips for spring breakers provided by the CDC to reduce the chances of injury while traveling.
When accidents occur...
Parents know that safeguarding children, particularly teenage children or college age children traveling with friends, from all risks is a difficult, even impossible, task. Sometimes even if you take every precaution, accidents and injuries will still occur.
If your child was injured while traveling on spring break, it is important to speak to an attorney experienced in personal injury claims. Whether the injuries suffered were due to a fall by a slippery hotel poolside or an automobile accident caused by another driver, your child may be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries. Types of compensation may include medical bills, future medical treatment or rehabilitation costs and other injury-related expenses. Contact Jeffries, Kube, Forrest & Monteleone Co. L.P.A. at 216-592-8364 to discuss your child's injuries, answer your questions and explain your legal options to pursue compensation.