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Memorial Day Accidents and Injuries
Memorial Day is a time for fun and celebration. The nice weather this time of year makes it ideal for BBQs, picnics and pool activities. Unfortunately, many accidents also occur this time of year.
When you think of accidents, car crashes may immediately come to mind. Indeed, car accidents are common on Memorial Day weekend, due to an increase in motorists who are drinking and driving. In addition, the nice weather leads lures more bicyclists and pedestrians on the roadways, which leads to more accidents. Hundreds of people die in auto accidents during Memorial Day weekend.
While car crashes are some of the most common accidents, there are other accidents you should be aware of if you plan to celebrate Memorial Day with loved ones.
Swimming Pool Accidents
With Memorial Day weekend signaling the start of summer, many parties incorporate swimming and other water activities. It is always a good idea to play it safe when around water. Keep life jackets on hand for children and other inexperienced swimmers.
Even skilled swimmers are at risk of drowning. Take extra caution with games. Some swimmers have competitions to see who can hold their breath the longest. This can cause them to pass out and even drown.
Accidents near the grill are more common than you think. Every year, careless grill use causes 6,500 fires. That’s why it’s important that your grill is safe to use. Make sure it is clean before putting on the hot dogs and hamburgers. Keep the grill away from the house and trees. Keep pets and children away from the grill. Never leave the grill attended. Only use an approved starter fluid to the start the fire – never grease or gas.
Anytime food is eaten outside, the risk of foodborne illnesses increases. When meat is not cooked thoroughly and salads are left outside in the heat, E. coli, salmonella and other bacteria can get inside, causing serious illnesses.
The Food and Drug Administration recommends keeping coolers closed and avoiding cross-contaminating meats. Do not mix raw food with cooked food or fish. Keep your hands clean at all times. Produce should be washed thoroughly before eating. Avoid reusing utensils and platters, particularly ones that have been used for meat preparation.
Taking Legal Action
If you were injured during Memorial Day weekend or any other time of the year, it is important to understand your legal rights. If your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
The Law Offices of Thomas E. Porzio, LLC can help you with your personal injury case. With more than three decades of experience helping victims become whole again, contact our Waterbury, Connecticut office today by calling (203) 573-0019.