Holidays are supposed to be fun and games, especially for the kids, but that’s not the way things always turn out. On the Labor Day weekend, in particular, there is ample opportunity for both adults and children to get hurt—from being scarred by an exploding firecracker to falling off a boat and struck by a drunk driver. The possibility of injury is so high that Labor Day is second only to Memorial Day in the number of celebration-related accidents.
To help you enjoy a safe Labor Day weekend, we have listed some of the more common dangers below.
In 2017 the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Fireworks Annual Report found that nearly 13,000 injuries treated in emergency departments last year involved fireworks. Half of these people were younger than 20. Sparklers, firecrackers, and bottle rockets caused the most injuries (1,200, 800, and 300 respectively), with the dominant injury types being burns.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 16,600 people went to emergency rooms during the 2012-16 period after grilling-related accidents. Thermal burns constituted half of these injuries and children under five accounted for 35% of thermal burns that did not involve contact with fire—instead, they were hurt when they touched or fell against hot coals or part of the grill.
Many people who own a boat opt to spend it out on the water. In its Recreational Boating Statistics 2017 report, the U.S. Coast Guard listed the following top reasons for boating-related accidents last year:
- Operator inattention
- Improper lookout
- Operator inexperience
- Alcohol use
Boating accidents are especially prevalent during holidays, so if you intend to spend Labor Day out on the water, then avoid alcohol use during vessel operation and exercise reasonable vigilance.
Motor vehicle accidents
Statistics from the National Traffic Safety Administration indicate that traffic fatalities spike during major holidays. Memorial Day was the most dangerous for motorists, with an average of 312 fatal crashes per year between 2011 and 2015. Labor Day was a close second with 308 deaths, followed by the Fourth of July at 307.
If you plan to be on the roads over Labor Day weekend then, take appropriate caution, as holiday traffic can be difficult. Keep a safe distance between yourself and other motorists, especially those who appear to be driving erratically. Avoid drinking alcohol at any point during the drive to and from the place where you plan to celebrate, and if you notice anything usual about your vehicle’s performance, then have it inspected by a mechanic. The last thing you need is to break down on a busy highway.
We hope that you and your family enjoy a happy Labor Day weekend. If anyone else’s negligent conduct causes you to be injured, then a New York personal injury attorney can help you hold them accountable and get the compensation you need to heal. Jayson Lutzky handles accident and personal injury cases, including motor vehicle crashes. If you were injured in an accident, then you may be eligible for cash compensation for your injuries, lost wages and medical bills. Call 718-329-9500 to set up a free in-office initial consultation. Home and hospital visits may be available in the event of serious injury.