When the temps start rising and the cold winds start to die down, it can only mean one thing. The arrival of spring is always highly anticipated, especially after those winter months where everything seems to be a bit too grey and a bit too cold. People tend to migrate south in droves, in search of heat and sun and beaches and everything fun. But in this rush to get on spring break and to enjoy the warmer weather, there are some risks and dangers that can present themselves along the way.

As a law firm specializing in personal injury law, we are here to help those who have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. Roger Fincher is a personal injury lawyer with decades of experience, who has seen countless examples of accidents or injuries that have resulted in someone’s life changing. Our law firm seeks justice for those who have been wronged, but we also know how important prevention is — and your safety and well-being is a top priority.

Spring break season serves as a great time to go over some general reminders and rules of thumb. See some of the ways you can stay safe over spring break, and know that if any injuries or accidents happen that aren’t your fault, our law firm may be able to help. Contact us today to learn more.

Drive with (even more) caution.

You should, of course, always be a cautious driver. As we’ve mentioned in a previous post, driving always has its risks, but there are certain times that you need to be even more on your A-game. When everyone is heading to Panama City Beach or high-tailing it to south Texas, things can so easily go awry. Far too many put getting to the destination as a higher priority than taking their time to be safe along the journey, and accidents can happen as a result.

Before going on a road trip, take your car in for a checkup, or run through your turn signals, headlights, brakes, and more to ensure that everything is functioning as it should. Remember to think defensively as you drive, and to not make any assumptions (such as assume that the motorcyclist who’s one lane over can see you). Leave a good amount of distance between your car and the car ahead of you, and practice safe passing techniques. These might all seem like little things, but more often than not, it’s the little things that result in an accident when they’re overlooked or forgotten.

Know where you’re going, and get help with navigation.

The last thing you should do when you’re driving is check your phone, as tempting as it can be. When you’re driving in an unfamiliar area, you want to make sure you have a general sense of where you’re headed — as well as have someone assist you with navigation as needed.

If you’re driving by yourself, have the navigation set ahead of time (and be sure that your source of GPS is fully charged). With a friend or loved one? It’s still best practice to know where you’re going, but you should be able to rely on them to help you with directions, especially when those directions get more specific (such as in a big city with more twists and turns).

Listen to your body.

It seems silly to think about, but considering over a third of drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel, it’s imperative to state the necessity of listening to your body. So many of us have had it happen where we feel drowsy or tired, but our destination is only ___ miles away, and we try to push through. With more than 100,000 crashes happening every year due to driver fatigue, use these statistics to remind yourself: don’t risk it. The beach will still be there the next day, and it’s so much safer for you to grab a room at a motel for the night. You’ll wake up even more refreshed and ready for the next day.

Be wary of your vacation abode.

In a perfect world, we’d show up to our luxury vacation beach house and it looks even better than the pictures on their website. In reality, this doesn’t always happen. Sometimes that amazing destination ends up being less-than amazing, and you should, of course, proceed with caution. Those uneven steps or exposed insulation might end up causing some harm, and our law firm has dealt with instances of premises liability (in which the property or premises are not up to standards and code, and put you and your health at risk). In short, don’t brush aside properties that are not performing the way that they should be — and if anything or any type of accident does happen and you don’t think you were at fault, get in touch with our law firm.

Your spring break should be fun, exciting, relaxing, and the type of week or long weekend where your only concern is applying enough sunscreen. And yet, things sometimes happen that can turn your terrific trip into a terrible memory. If this happens to you, speak with our law firm and personal injury lawyer Roger Fincher to see if you have a case worth pursuing.

Serving Topeka for more than two decades, Roger Fincher has an impeccable career record and could be the answer you need to getting the reparations you deserve. As always, if our law firm takes your case, you do not pay unless we win! Schedule a free consultation with Roger Fincher, Attorney at Law today.