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3 TIPS FOR AVOIDING INJURIES ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND

By Luke Dow on October 05, 2015

Labor Day weekend is a great time to celebrate the end of summer with friends and family, but it is important to keep in mind that nothing will bring an end to a party faster than a serious accident. Unfortunately, injuries on Labor Day weekend are all too common.In fact, according to Forbes, Labor Day is one of the most dangerous holidays in the country. A recent study showed that an average of 550 people lose their lives on national holidays each year. For this reason, it is important to be extra vigilant over the upcoming long weekend, and this starts with following a few key safety tips.

If you were in an accident that was not your fault, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm for advice. We can evaluate the circumstances of your case, and an Austin personal-injury attorney can determine if you may have valid grounds for a claim. Call us today at 512-518-4104 to schedule an appointment, and read on for three ways to avoid serious injuries this Labor Day weekend:

1. Limit Driving Distances

Labor Day weekend is one of the most dangerous times to drive. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the number of motor vehicle accidents increases during six specific holiday periods, and one of them is Labor Day.

With more cars on the roads and most celebrations taking place involving alcohol, getting behind the wheel – or even walking adjacent to busy roads – is dangerous. If you must drive over the weekend, opt for short distances, and travel at times when you are less likely to encounter drunk drivers.

2. Do Not Drink and Drive

While this may be obvious to some, the Texas DUI arrest numbers over Labor Day weekend suggest that many people ignore this warning. Texas State Troopers arrested more than 1,682 people for DUI during Labor Day weekend in 2013, and they expect similar numbers in 2015. If you are planning to attend a party this Labor Day, play it safe and call a cab, appoint a designated driver or stay overnight.

3. Exercise Caution during Recreational Activities

Labor Day is a great time to head to the waters, dust off the ATVs or take out your bicycle. However, you should keep in mind that accidents on bicycles, ATVs and boats are common during holiday periods.

If you are planning on taking your ATV out of town, give it a quick service and make sure it is operating optimally. Be sure to pack the appropriate safety equipment, as well.

The same goes for cycling. Make sure you have an approved helmet with you at all times.

All accidents are devastating, but those that happen on the holidays are even more disruptive. If you were in an accident and are suffering from injuries, call the Luke Dow Law Firm today at 512-518-4104. An Austin personal-injury lawyer from our practice can determine if you may have valid grounds to file a claim for medical expenses or lost wages.

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