Spring officially began last month, but it’s just starting to feel like a new season, with the promise of summer on the horizon. With warmer, sunnier days comes more time spent outdoors and travel. Over the 30+ years I’ve spent as a Memphis personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen that outdoor gatherings and vacations bring a greater risk for a different set of injuries. I want you to stay safe as you enjoy this wonderful time of year, so I’ve compiled a list of the injuries I see most frequently, along with tips for how to avoid them.

Car Accidents

Car accidents happen all throughout the year, and in certain ways, winter poses risks for drivers that spring doesn’t. But this time of year, accidents are actually exceptionally common. There are more travelers on the road, which inevitably means a higher chance of colliding with another driver.

We also tend to see a lot of new drivers this season, as teens get behind the wheel for the first time in their lives. Unfortunately, as high school and college students alike celebrate spring break, many of them let loose. Some will make the irresponsible choice to drive while intoxicated. We all need to be extra cautious, bearing in mind these added risks.

Dog Bites

It’s not only humans who get to enjoy the sunnier days — our four-legged friends are happy to spend more time outdoors in the warmer weather, too. In residential areas in particular, you will probably find dog owners taking longer and more frequent walks with their beloved pets.

Here in the office, we’re all dog lovers. But we also know that some can turn on a dime from cuddly and cute to vicious and violent. Unfortunately, not every owner is responsible and when dog attacks happen, they cause significant emotional trauma, not to mention the financial toll. In general, it’s a good idea to learn how to read a dog’s body language and to avoid approaching ones that seem overly protective of their owners or property. We have more specific tips on this topic here.

Vacation Injuries

It’s the time of year to hit the road or hop on a plane and make new travel memories with loved ones. As always, accidents can happen, and some unlucky travelers will return with injuries far worse than stories of lost luggage or missed flights. This is particularly true for the thrill seekers in search of adventure and an adrenaline rush. Here are some quick tips for your vacation, based on my 30+ years of experience as a Memphis personal injury lawyer.

  • Consider purchasing traveler’s health insurance before your trip.
  • Avoid unscheduled flights on small aircrafts, and/or flying in inclement weather.
  • Bring or buy safety gear at your destination.

Get Help From a Memphis Personal Injury Lawyer

My hope, as always, is that these tips will help you and your family stay safe and happy this spring. But accidents happen, of course. And we’re here for you if and when they do.

For more than 30 years, our lawyers have fought for people in Memphis who’ve been injured. If your injury or accident involves someone else’s negligence, you could have a case.

If you think you have a personal injury case, our team of attorneys will fight for you and the compensation you deserve. Call (901) 327-1212 today for a free consultation or contact us online.