Spring break is here, and that means many things for many people. For students, it means school is out for a week. For parents, it means planning to occupy their children while they are off. For drivers in popular spring break areas like the California coast, it means increased traffic, distracted driving and drunk driving accidents. Staying safe during spring break should be everyone’s top priority. At Traffic Accident Law Center, we understand this, so our San Diego personal injury attorneys have put together a list to help everyone stay safe.
1. Situational Awareness
If you are travelling, remember that it is important to stay aware of your surroundings. Increased traffic near beaches and popular tourist spots can lead to more pedestrian accidents, bicycle and pedestrian collisions, and bicycle versus car crashes. Put away digital distractions like cell phones and portable games while walking and pay extra attention to your surroundings. The fun atmosphere created by spring break can lead to people neglecting their duty to drive safely.
2. Use the Buddy System
When you are in an unfamiliar place, you should never be alone. Going alone leaves you vulnerable to scammers, thieves and dangerous traffic conditions. If you break off from your travelling group, always bring at least one friend with you. This makes it harder for criminals to take advantage of you, and it will help you spot dangerous conditions on sidewalks and roads. Friends can help you spot inattentive drivers before they cause an accident, keep you from walking out in front of a bicyclist, or can prevent you from tripping on a slip and fall hazard. This rings true for families as well, so don’t let children venture off alone either. Make sure an adult or someone you trust is with any child looking to split up from your pack.
3. Avoid Drinking and Driving
If you plan on drinking over the break, but still need to get around, then you should consider your travel options beforehand. Do not drink and drive. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drunk driving is one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents in the United States. Options such as Uber and Lyft are usually available. Taxis and public transportation may also be options. If all else fails, consider arranging for a designated driver beforehand.
4. Watch Out for Drunk Drivers
Spring break is known for partying and drinking in many college communities. Although many of these students take safety seriously, some neglect to use caution and drive while drunk. A drunk driving crash can lead to serious injuries or death. Our San Diego personal injury attorneys have seen the results of drunk driving accidents and know how important it is to avoid them. If you see a vehicle swerving erratically and suspect the driver is drunk, pull over into a safe place and call the authorities. Don’t try to pass a drunk driver. Try to keep your distance from drunk drivers.
5. Study Up on Where You Are Going
If you are travelling abroad, will you need a vaccine? What are the local laws where you are travelling? Are there any travel alerts? For college students, does the city you’re visiting have public drinking ordinances? What areas are off limits to spring-breakers? For families, are there particular activities or events that are kid-friendly? What items are you allowed to take on the beach? Knowing the answers to questions like these will not only keep you safer, they will ensure you have a great time.
6. Have Fun
Rumor says that in the 1920s, a college swimming coach had the bright idea to give the students a break at the beginning of the spring. This practice caught on all over the country. It was not long before schools all over the nation were letting students enjoy a break from their studies. However, you can’t enjoy this rest and relaxation if you are unsafe or injured.
The San Diego personal injury attorneys at the Traffic Accident Law Center hope you have a wonderful and safe spring break. The beaches of Southern California are spectacular this time of the year, so have fun and soak up the sun. If disaster strikes and you or a family member are injured while visiting California for spring break, remember that our attorneys are here to help. We have the experience you need when dealing with drunk or distracted drivers, traffic accidents or negligent property owners. The initial consultation is free, so there’s no risk in finding out if our law firm can help you recover the compensation you need. Call us at (619) 882-1111.