It is expected that tens of thousands of people will be flocking to Central Florida beaches for spring break and the finale of Bike Week 2023. While Florida hosts more than 60,000 visitors this time of year, Daytona Beach is a popular destination for those seeking warmer weather and ocean views.
While this influx of visitors significantly boosts the local economy, it also creates more hazards and the potential for accidents.
Even though the number of accidents tends to increase during this time of the year, there are steps you can take to help keep yourself and others safe. It all starts with getting to know some of the most common accidents over spring break and tips to stay safe.
Common Causes of Injuries During Spring Break in Daytona Beach
Most people who visit the Daytona Beach area for spring break are there to take in some sun, sea, and sand. It offers a fun environment with plenty of things to do and great weather.
However, there are also risks that visitors need to be aware of. Common causes of accidents and injuries in Daytona Beach over spring break are highlighted here.
Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
Amusement parks, restaurants, paths to the beaches, hotels, and other locations you plan to visit during your time in Daytona Beach must provide visitors with a safe, hazard-free environment. Unfortunately, with so many people in the area and utilizing the resources, it is challenging for many business and property owners to ensure the area is hazard free, which can lead to a slip, trip, and fall incident.
If you are injured because of a fall caused by a hazardous condition on someone’s property, filing a personal injury claim for compensation may be possible.
It is worth noting that fall accidents can occur at any time and in any location. Anything from uneven sidewalks, a fallen chair, or slippery floors can cause these accidents.
People want to “cut loose” and have fun during spring break. For many, this involves alcohol use.
According to one study out of Florida that looked at more than 800,000 social media posts, one in 10 visitors mentioned drinking or alcohol use in some way. It is also estimated that 44% of females and 75% of males on spring break get drunk each day of their vacation.
Unfortunately, the increased use of alcohol has led to more traffic-related accidents this time of the year throughout Florida, including in Daytona Beach.
Another reason vehicle-related accidents and injuries are common during spring break is that visitors are not familiar with the roads or weather conditions in the area. People trying to find their way to a specific destination may be distracted or unable to pay attention to their surroundings, which can lead to an accident.
Also, Florida is well-known for “pop-up” thunderstorms, which can catch visitors off guard.
Water Related Accidents
Spring break means spending time at the beach, in a pool, or at one of the many water parks in the area. Unfortunately, so many people spending so much time in the water means that water-related accidents and drownings are likely.
Visitors must pay attention to signs that indicate how deep the water is at pools, lakes, and ponds before diving in. It is also essential to understand the “flag system” used in Florida that lets individuals at the beach know if it is safe to get in the water.
Some nefarious individuals take advantage of spring break to engage in criminal activities. They may try to rob others, assault them, and more.
In some situations, if you are the victim of a violent crime, you can file a claim based on negligent security based on the circumstances.
Steps to Take to Avoid an Accident and Injury While Visiting Daytona Beach for Spring Break
Avoiding an accident and injury while on spring break requires due diligence and awareness of potential hazards.
If you do not know how to swim or are not a strong swimmer, be sure to be responsible when near the water. Use lifejackets and swim at the beach where there are lifeguards nearby. It is also smart to always swim with a buddy. You can watch each other and ensure you do not get in trouble.
Being in the sun all day can make you dehydrated. You may not even realize it. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water and eating throughout the day. If you become dehydrated, it may increase your potential for an accident.
If you drink, make sure you do so responsibly. Do not drive, and be sure you have a safe way to get where you need to go. Alcohol is a factor in many water-related injuries and bar fights. All this can be avoided by not drinking or by drinking responsibly.
Protect Your Valuables
Criminals make a point of hanging around vacationers because they are easy targets. Ensure that you stay aware of your surroundings and take steps to avoid being a target.
Let Us Help with Your Spring Break Related Personal Injury Claim
If you plan to visit Daytona Beach this spring break, take steps to protect yourself and others. The information here can help you do this.
If you are involved in an accident caused by another person’s or party’s negligence, contact our legal team at Zimmet & Zimmet. We can review the facts of your case and determine if you have a viable claim for your losses and injuries.
The first step is to call our office to schedule a free initial consultation. We can fight for your rights and help you get your deserved compensation.