Labor Day is the perfect time to relax and enjoy some late-season summer fun with family and friends. However, injuries are common over the long weekend. Drunk drivers, fireworks, backyard cookouts – there are plenty of opportunities for accidents to happen.

 

In particular, these five hazards cause most injuries on Labor Day weekend:

  1. Motor-vehicle accidents;
  2. Pedestrian accidents;
  3. Alcohol abuse;
  4. Dangerous barbeques;
  5. And fireworks.

If you are injured on Labor Day weekend due to another person’s negligence, turn to Morris Bart, LLC. You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, medical expenses and noneconomic damages.

A New Orleans accident lawyer will guide you through the claims process. Our legal team will gather evidence, interview witnesses, structure your claim and represent your interests during settlement negotiations. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.

Let’s take a closer look at five common causes of injuries over Labor Day weekend:

  1. Motor-vehicle Accidents

Motor-vehicle accidents are a leading cause of injuries and fatalities in the United States throughout the year, but they are particularly common over holiday weekends. As Forbes explains, there are many reasons for the spike in collisions.

Drunk driving is a primary cause. Also, many families take cross-country road trips over long weekend. Fatigue, distracted driving and travelling on unfamiliar roads can all contribute to wrecks.

  1. Pedestrian Accidents

More motorists on the road and higher drunk driving rates mean pedestrian accidents are more likely to happen over Labor Day weekend. If you intend to drive, then you can avoid a pedestrian crash by ignoring distractions and staying sober.

If you walk to your Labor Day celebration, then be aware that drunk drivers are on the road. Try to take a route that has sidewalks and less traffic. Wear brightly colored clothing and carry a flashlight if you commute at night.

  1. Alcohol Abuse

Many people choose to celebrate the holiday with a few drinks. However, alcohol can make a person aggressive, which can contribute to physical confrontation. Try to avoid and deescalate conflict, and encourage friends to do the same.

  1. Dangerous Barbeques

Hosting a barbeque is the perfect way to enjoy the end of summer. However, defective grilling equipment can be dangerous. You should only buy a grill from a reputable manufacturer, and keep children and intoxicated guests away from the cooking area.

  1. Fireworks

Fireworks are a common cause of serious injuries over Labor Day weekend. You should never try to reignite a defective firework, and do not let children handle them.

If you are proactive about avoiding these dangers, then you will probably enjoy a safe Labor Day celebration. However, if your weekend doesn’t go according to plan and you wind up injured, contact Morris Bart, LLC.

A New Orleans personal-injury attorney will gather evidence, talk to witnesses, and help you avoid mistakes during the claims process, such as accepting a low settlement or unknowingly admitting fault to insurance adjusters. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.

August 31, 2016 | Categories: Safety Tips | Tags: , , ,