Keep Safe During Spring Break
Spring Break is a great time to let your hair down and enjoy yourself. However, you also need to be careful that you don’t get injured. Each year, tens of thousands of people descend on Daytona Beach, and Volusia County Beach Patrol has its hands full trying to keep all the revelry under control. To keep yourself safe, following these safety tips.
Common Spring Break Injuries
It is very easy to get injured during spring break, especially because many students insist on adding alcohol to whatever fun activity they are doing. Alcohol clearly increases the risk of all kinds of accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Sexual assault
- Slip and fall accidents
In addition to a sunburn and lasting memories, some students leave Daytona Beach with painful injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Cuts or lacerations
- Concussions or other traumatic brain injuries
- Emotional anguish
If you are injured in an accident or an assault, you should seek medical treatment immediately. Prompt treatment affords you the best chance of recovery and can also help you preserve any legal case you have.
You can absolutely have fun in Daytona Beach during spring break and protect your safety at the same time. Follow these common-sense safety tips:
- Remember that alcohol is illegal on Daytona Beach. Choose non-alcoholic beverages and avoid anyone drinking illegally on the beach.
- If you choose to go to go out drinking at a bar, designate one person in your group to stay sober. This person can make sure everyone gets back to the hotel safely and can call the police if anyone goes missing.
- Never put your drink down out of sight. If you do, someone could slip a date rape drug into it.
- Use public transportation where possible.
- Don’t invite strangers into your hotel room. If you want to meet strangers, meet them out in public while surrounded by other people.
- If a fight breaks out, join a different crowd. There are tons of people to meet and no reason to stick around people who are getting on your nerves.
Always stay vigilant. Someone could be behind the wheel of a vehicle drunk or stoned, so always remain alert in case you need to take defensive action.
Report Accidents and Assaults
To protect yourself and others, report all incidents that result in physical or emotional injuries. The police will be able to properly investigate and arrest someone if necessary. By reporting the incident, you protect other people from getting injured. You also have a police record that might be helpful if you decide to bring a lawsuit for your injuries.
Seek Legal Help
If someone else injures you, you might be able to sue for financial compensation. For example, you might be able to sue if someone:
- Assaults or batters you, including punching you, sexually assaulting you, or deliberately throwing something at you.
- Accidentally runs into you with their vehicle or motorcycle
- Falsely imprisons you by not letting you leave when you want to
Each situation is unique, and only a Daytona Beach personal injury lawyer can investigate the surrounding circumstances and advise you whether you have a valid legal claim. At Bundza & Rodriguez, we offer all potential clients a free consultation.