Summer is coming to an end, but you still have the long Labor Day weekend to enjoy some late-season fun in the sun. This is the perfect holiday to bond with family and friends, but it is important to remember that serious injuries are common on Labor Day.

According to USA Today, there were approximately 400 injuries on Labor Day in 2013. If you want to celebrate safely, keep these four tips in mind:

  1. Do not drink and drive;
  2. Limit or avoid driving;
  3. Be cautious with fireworks;
  4. And avoid walking along busy roads.

Unfortunately, all it takes is one negligent driver or incompetent person to cause an injury. If you are injured on Labor Day weekend, contact a Baton Rouge accident lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC.

Here are four tips to help you avoid injuries on Labor Day weekend:

  1. Do Not Drink and Drive

As LA Weekly explains, Louisiana police will be out in full force to identify and arrest drunk drivers. If your Labor Day plans involve alcohol, then try to designate a sober driver. You could also host a party or stay the night in a hotel.

Alternatively, you could contact one of these taxi companies in Baton Rouge:

  • Bertrand’s Taxi: 225-933-9711
  • Yellow Cab: 225-406-7288
  • Bayou Taxi & Airport Cab: 225-274-0608

Uber and Lyft also offer ride-share services in Louisiana.

  1. Limit or Avoid Driving

Even if you remain sober on Labor Day, you cannot expect other drivers to do the same. Try to limit your driving over the holiday weekend. If you’re planning a road trip, then you should only travel outside of peak traffic hours.

  1. Be Cautious with Fireworks

Fireworks are a common cause of injuries on Labor Day. Use fireworks with caution and do not allow children to handle them. Also, do not attempt to reignite any fireworks that fail to activate.

  1. Avoid Walking along Busy Roads

Walking home after a Labor Day celebration may be safer than driving – particularly if you’ve had a few drinks and live nearby. If you intend to walk, make sure you take a safe route. Do not walk along busy streets; pedestrians are more vulnerable to drunk drivers than other motorists.

Most drivers understand the dangers of alcohol, but far too many make exceptions on Labor Day weekend. Don’t make this mistake.

Unfortunately, even the safest drivers can fall victim to negligent motorists. If you are injured in a wreck on Labor Day weekend, contact a Baton Rouge accident attorney from Morris Bart, LLC.

Our firm has been providing compassionate and aggressive representation for more than 30 years. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.

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