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Spring Break: Your Guide to an Enjoyable and Safe Vacation

Mar 18, 2019

Injured in an Accident During Spring Break? Our California Personal Injury Lawyers are Available to Review Your Case

Spring break is a popular vacation time that allows people to relax and enjoy various types of entertainment. However, it has the potential to lead to serious or life-altering injuries.

Countless companies are aware of this well-known vacation time for students. For this reason, they heavily encourage travelers to engage and use their products. As you would expect, most of these products are designed to enhance or improve their travel experiences.

Although this marketing may increase profits, it can also promote buyers to participate in activities that they wouldn’t otherwise engage in when they’re at home. For many, this combination can lead to accidents. If you sustained injuries from a spring break accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Our California personal injury lawyers have information about how spring break travelers can protect themselves or their friends who experience an accident while on vacation.

For Spring Break Travelers, California Destinations Are Popular

With its reliably warmer weather, California offers a variety of spring break activities for people who want sun, beaches, swimming, great food, and a vibrant nightlife. According to Patch, these are some of California’s most popular destinations:

  1. Los Angeles
  2. San Diego
  3. La Jolla
  4. Mammoth Lakes
  5. Lake Tahoe
  6. Newport Beach
  7. Palm Springs
  8. San Francisco
  9. Monterey
  10. Santa Barbara
  11. Santa Cruz

Spring break is intended to be a pleasant time away and most people don’t expect either injury or death to occur while on vacation. However, according to Science Daily, car fatalities increase during spring break. Based on the study data, weekly fatalities resulting from car crashes within the 14 spring break counties studied were 9.1 percent higher during the spring break season compared to other weeks of the year.

With a greater likelihood of car accidents occurring during this vacation period, it’s beneficial to have legal resources, like the personal injury attorneys at Dunnion Law, available to help you.

Spring Break Statistics

According to a joint study from TripAdvisor, Viator and Offers.com, more than 53 percent of people ages 18 to 34 planned to travel for spring break in 2018. The article also highlights other data about the popularity of spring break among millennials:

The average millennial will spend $369.62 on spring break travel.

  • 10 percent of millennials plan to travel to multiple destinations.
  • 33 percent will spend money on food.
  • 24 percent will spend money on outdoor/recreational equipment.
  • 19 percent will spend money on alcohol.

As the popularity of this travel period continues, businesses work harder to earn more revenue from products promoting spring break activities. Unfortunately, the heightened level of activity can also contribute to an increase in the likelihood of accidental injury. As Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers prepare to screen millions of millennials during the spring break period, it’s important to understand the possible risks that can occur during your spring break travels.

Common Types of Spring Break Injuries

Stock photo of a teenager being examined by a Physician.

During spring break, a higher volume of auto traffic at target destinations, combined with adventure-seeking behaviors, can increase the chance of an accident. Some of the most common types of spring break injuries include:

Slips and falls

Throughout this season, businesses and property owners diligently attend to potentially hazardous conditions on their property, such as cracked sidewalks, falling objects, and wet floors that can result in injury. However, a slip or a fall can still occur.

Drowning

During spring break, pools can become overcrowded and may not have lifeguards on duty to oversee everyone’s safety. As a result, drowning and near-drowning accidents can increase even when others are present.

Car accidents

More drivers on the roadways during spring break contribute to the increased traffic at popular spring break destinations. Greater traffic also occurs due to people traveling from one spring break venue to another – often with multiple people in the car. Increased traffic, and a driver distracted by passengers can result in a dangerous collision with devastating injuries.

Substance-related injuries

With the availability of alcohol and other substances during spring break, a person’s breathing, heart rate, and body temperature can affect their ability to perform tasks such as driving, carrying items or assisting others. When this judgment is impaired, the likelihood of accidents can also increase.

Although these injuries can occur at any time, spring break is often when these vacation activities can result in their increased occurrence. Whenever you travel, it’s always advisable to be aware of your surroundings, and be accompanied so you and your travel companion can assist one another if needed. If you or someone you know was injured during spring break, it’s important to know how to proceed after an accident.

Steps to Take if You're Injured in an Accident

With spring break in full force, it’s essential to know the steps you should take if you or a friend or relative are involved in an accident.

1. Stay at the scene.

2. Contact emergency personnel.

3. Ask for the contact information of all those involved.

4. Seek medical attention.

5. Contact a personal injury lawyer at Dunnion Law.

If you are a vacationer or California resident who has experienced injuries as a result of a reckless individual during spring break, our team can help.  

Safety Awareness for Local Residents and Spring Breakers

Whether you live in an area that is popular for spring breakers or you are traveling for the break, it’s crucial to implement safety precautions to reduce your chances of being involved in an accident. Listed below are tips to help keep yourself safe during spring break:

  • Park your vehicle in a lighted area.

  • Pay attention to your surroundings.

  • Stay alert and watch for impaired driving.

  • Use a rideshare service to and from your venues and hotels.

  • Avoid being out late when you’re alone.

Benefits of Hiring an Experienced Attorney

At Dunnion Law, aggressive representation and compassionate care are the cornerstones of our firm. Our team of personal injury lawyers is dedicated to fighting for justice for those who sustained injuries as the result of a careless spring breaker. Clients can trust that our firm will aggressively pursue the best outcome for their case while also extending compassion during such a difficult time in their life.

Our knowledge and experience can work to your benefit. If you have the grounds to file a lawsuit to help cover ongoing medical treatment, lost wages, and other costs, we can help. Some of the benefits of hiring our attorneys for your case include the following:

We exclusively practice California personal injury law

We have more than 40 years of experience navigating the legal system of California, which means we know the laws surrounding personal injury cases.  

We will collect evidence

Our team will collect the necessary evidence to build a strong case. This can include photos, medical expenses, and witness statements.

We will keep you updated on your case

We will ensure you stay informed on the progress of your case. Our team will be available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have throughout the entire process until you receive the compensation you deserve.

In the aftermath of an accident, you need strong legal representation to handle your case, so you can focus on your recovery. Hiring one of our attorneys can work to your advantage and help you receive any compensation you’re entitled to.  

Contact Dunnion Law for a Free Consultation

Attorney Meeting With Young Female Client

If you or a loved one was injured as a result of a negligent spring breaker, our California personal injury lawyers at Dunnion Law can help. Our experienced attorneys practice personal injury law exclusively, which is why you can trust our firm with your case.

We understand that filing a claim to seek compensation for any injuries and damages is often challenging and time-consuming. Additionally, insurance companies may attempt to offer a low settlement amount. For these reasons, it’s in your best interest to have one of our attorneys fighting on your behalf.

Call our law firm today or fill out our free consultation form. We will work aggressively to ensure you receive the justice you are rightfully owed. We can’t change the accident but, together, we can change your future.   

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