Tips for a Safe Memorial Day Weekend

Categories: Personal Injury Law

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is Monday, May 29, 2017. With the first official three-day weekend since January, for many people Memorial Day weekend is not only the unofficial start of Summer, but also a long-awaited opportunity to take a break from work and spend time relaxing with friends and family. To help make sure you and your loved ones can enjoy the holiday as much as possible, here are some tips from the team at Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers:

1. Watch Out for Drunk Drivers.

While most people will enjoy Memorial Day 2017 weekend responsibly, some will inevitably make the poor decision to drink and drive. When you hit the roads on Memorial Day weekend, keep in mind the unfortunate but very real possibility that other drivers may be intoxicated. Watch for signs of impairment – such as swerving or braking and accelerating erratically – and try to maintain a safe distance from any potential drunk drivers.

2. Make Sure Your Boat is Ready for the Open Water.

If you have been waiting for Memorial Day weekend to hit the water, make sure your boat is ready to go, to help avoid boating accidents. Perform any necessary maintenance or repairs, and check the forecast to ensure that you have the equipment (and experience) necessary to handle any rough waters you may encounter on your voyage. On Memorial Day weekend, we typically see a higher-than-normal volume of water traffic, so be cautious of other boaters who may be less diligent or less experienced as well.

3. Clean Up (and Clean Out) the Pool.

Whether you are hosting a Memorial Day party at home, renting a beach house, or celebrating somewhere else with a pool, try to help make sure that everyone exercises appropriate pool safety. It only takes a few minutes to clean up around the pool and to remove unused floats and toys from the water, and these steps can significantly reduce the risk of slip, fall, and submersion injuries.

4. Motorcycle Riders: Remember ATGATT

“All the gear, all the time.” Whether you live by this motto or occasionally ride without the full complement of safety equipment, on Memorial Day, make it a point to gear up before you ride. Yes, it may be hot and yes, your friends may be riding without helmets, but wearing full safety gear has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of injury in high-side and low-side accidents.

5. Be Wary of Slip and Trip Hazards.

Along with auto accidents, slips, trips, and falls are among the most-common causes of traumatic injuries. While it is simply not possible to be on the lookout for every possible hazard, on Memorial Day, keep in mind that everything from spilled drinks to overused public restrooms can present dangers for fall-related injuries.

Your Legal Team for an Accident in Palm Beach County

At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, we bring decades of experience and a passion for justice to representing victims of accident-related injuries in Palm Beach County. If you or a loved one gets injured during Memorial Day weekend, we will be here to help you Demand More® for your losses. We offer free consultations and contingency-fee representation. When you call 561.202.MORE(6673), you will speak with me, Brian D. Guralnick, personally your rights. Injured? Call me now.

Disclaimer: The information in this blog is not intended, and must not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. If you need advice on specific legal issues, please consult with a licensed Personal Injury attorney.