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When summer ends, Americans celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday in September. During the long holiday weekend, millions of Americans attend backyard barbecues, beach parties, picnics, firework shows, and other events with their family members and friends.
While nobody ever anticipates that he or she will be injured on Labor Day, thousands of Americans sustain injuries on the Labor Day weekend each year. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your personal injury on the Labor Day holiday weekend, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages and losses. Consult with a Charlotte personal injury attorney to determine whether you can recover damages in your case.
Common Causes of Injuries on the Labor Day Weekend
Below, we list the most common causes of injuries on the Labor Day holiday weekend so that you can be vigilant and exercise extra caution to minimize the risk of harm to you and your loved ones.
Road Trips and Car Accidents
For millions of Americans, the Labor Day weekend is almost synonymous with a road trip. Many hit the road to visit their friends or family or attend events around town. However, Labor Day is said to be the third-deadliest holiday on U.S. roads.
Each year, about 440 fatal car accidents occur on the Labor Day holiday weekend. If you are going on a road trip on Labor Day, it is important to avoid driving while fatigued, distracted, or impaired. If the road trip is long, it is advised to make rest stops and take turns driving, if possible. Also, it is important to have your motor vehicle inspected by an auto mechanic before taking it on a road trip.
Firework Shows and Burn Injuries
For many people, Labor Day is not complete without a firework show. While fireworks can be spectacular to look at, you need to keep in mind that they are explosives and could be potentially dangerous.
If you want to put on a firework display on the Labor Day weekend, follow these safety tips:
- Do not allow anyone to play around with fireworks when they are ignited;
- Keep a safe distance from spectators;
- Avoid lighting more than one fireworks at a time;
- Do not allow children to ignite fireworks; and
- Avoid igniting fireworks while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If you fail to follow these safety tips, you and spectators could be at risk of suffering burn injuries and other harm.
For many, Labor Day celebrations involve the consumption of alcohol… lots of it. What many forget is that intoxication can negatively impact your reaction time, judgment, decision-making abilities, and coordination, increasing your risk of sustaining a personal injury in practically any situation.
Note: Refrain from driving if you have been drinking alcohol.
Boating and Drowning
Since many Americans enjoy the end-of-summer boating ritual with family and friends, there is the risk of drowning and other types of boating accidents. Before taking your boat for a ride, ensure that it is in good condition and is equipped with all safety equipment in the event of accidents and emergencies.
Also, refrain from operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Always follow posted waterway signs to avoid hitting other boaters, swimmers, and divers.
Do not hesitate to contact our personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, if you have been injured during Labor Day weekend. Call (704) 370-2828 to receive a video or phone consultation with our lawyers to explore your legal options or fill out our contact form. Now taking cases throughout North Carolina with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and Monroe.
The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.
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