Make Safety Part of Your Labor Day PlansAugust 26, 2019
As summer begins to wind down, people across the country are looking forward to the last holiday weekend of the season. For many people, that means traveling to the beach, visiting family and friends, and celebrating a weekend of fun in the sun. However, Labor Day weekend also marks the end of the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer when the number of car accident fatalities increases, particularly among teen drivers. According to the National Safety Council, over 420 people are killed, and an additional 48,400 are seriously injured in car accidents across the country over the upcoming holiday weekend. Many of these fatalities and injuries can be prevented by using common sense and making safety a priority.
Travel Safety Tips
Like any other holiday weekend, there is a spike in traffic over Labor Day weekend, particularly if you are heading to the beach. To ensure that you reach your destination safely, keep the following tips in mind:
- Always wear a seat belt
- Plan to give yourself plenty of extra travel time to avoid heavy traffic
- Be sure to plan alternate routes in case the traffic is particularly heavy, or if there are any road closures
- Keep your attention focused on the road at all times
- Traffic can be frustrating but do not allow yourself to become frustrated, angry, or aggressive toward other drivers
- If you notice another driver who is swerving in and out of lanes or appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, contact law enforcement immediately
Water Safety Tips
Whether you are heading to the beach, to a lake, or to a friend’s pool, safety should be a top priority anytime you are spending time in the water. Keep the following tips in mind:
- Never swim alone, particularly if you are swimming in the ocean. Always swim with at least one other person in case one of you gets into trouble.
- Never consume alcohol while operating a boat.
- When jumping into a pool or lake, never dive headfirst. If the water is shallower than anticipated, jumping in headfirst can result in serious head and neck injuries, including paralysis.
- Wear life preservers anytime you are riding in a boat or engaging in any other type of water sports, such as water skiing, jet skiing, or parasailing.
- Keep a first aid kit nearby.
Grilling Safety Tips
- Make sure that the grill has no holes, cracks, or leaks.
- Keep children away from grills.
- Do not use a grill indoors or in the garage.
- Make sure the grill is at least two feet away from anything that could catch on fire, including branches, decks, or other equipment.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Traffic Accidents Over Labor Day Weekend
If you are injured in a car accident over Labor Day weekend, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries and ensure that your legal rights are protected throughout the entire claims process. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.