Safe Holiday Driving Tips from a NOLA Accident Lawyer
Labor Day is one of the more dangerous holidays in the United States. In fact, it is a holiday that carries a high volume of traffic accidents and fatalities each year. While not the deadliest, it is the second most dangerous holiday after Memorial Day and ties with the 4th of July.
Even if you do not plan to drive on Labor Day, it is imperative that you know how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
Essential Tips for Keeping Safe Over Labor Day Weekend
Labor Day will be here before you know it, which means you will celebrate the end of summer and start welcoming fall. The long weekend often means block parties, time outside soaking up the last bit of summer’s heat, and day long festivities. While you are out there having fun with friends and family, keep these tips in mind:
- Watch the temperatures. While it is September and the temperatures are nothing like they were in July, that does not mean you are without the risks of sunstroke. You and your loved ones can become quickly dehydrated in the heat, so make sure everyone is getting enough water. Furthermore, keep small children out of direct sunlight.
- Be cautious while grilling. Common injuries on holiday weekends can come from grilling. Whether it is starting a fire, a small child touching a hot grill, or a defective unit that causes injuries, there are risks. Be very cautious while using your grill and make sure it is ready for use before you fire it up. Inspect your propane lines and do not allow anyone to use the grill that is not old enough to do so.
- Wear life jackets while out on the water. If you are like most New Orleans and Gulf Coast residents, you will venture out onto the water for your holiday. Be sure that everyone on the boat has an appropriate-sized life jacket. It is not only required by law, but it could save a life.
- Do not drink and drive. No matter how much fun you are having, if you are the one operating the vehicle after the BBQ, do not drink and drive. Officers are on the lookout for vehicles that appear to have intoxicated drivers, and if you were to cause an accident while drunk, you could face serious criminal charges and civil penalties.
- Use caution with fireworks. Fireworks are not toys; therefore, only adults should be handling them. Anyone using the fireworks should be careful to read the instructions, avoid placing them near flammable objects, and keep all children away from the firework once lit.
Injured During Your Labor Day Festivities?
If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury during Labor Day celebrations or any other time, you might be entitled to compensation. To explore your options, speak with an injury lawyer in New Orleans that is ready to work as your advocate.
Shlosman Law Firm is your Louisiana personal injury attorney. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today at 504-826-9427 to see what we can do for you.