Summer is here and that means it’s time for vacation! Whether you are headed for cooler weather, a theme park, a relaxing beach, or other exciting destination, there is one thing most people forget about when getting ready for a vacation – accidents and injuries can happen anywhere.

Surveys show that 20 percent of people get sick or injured while on a trip. You probably don’t want to think about the possibility of getting hurt when you are trying to relax and have fun, you if you really want to stay safe, it is important that you do so.

Car and bike crashes
Driving or riding around an unfamiliar area can put you in a lot of danger if you make even a simple mistake while out on the road. Locals tend to expect traffic to behave a particular way, and if you or other tourists change those expectations, a collision can result.

Swimming accidents
Whether you are at the pool, lake, or ocean, water safety is extremely important. Make sure you learn as much as you can about the area you are planning to swim in so that you know what kinds of potential hazards there are to watch out for. And always watch children around water!

Food poisoning
It probably isn’t surprising that the number one cause of injury or illness to vacationers is food poisoning. When you visit a new area, you want to get a taste of the local flavor – sometimes the places might not be completely safe, or perhaps your body reacts negatively because it isn’t used to a particular kind of diet. The best way to avoid this problem is to pace yourself and research to see if there are specific foods or places people recommend avoiding.

If you or someone you are traveling with does get sick or hurt, the most important thing to remember is to stay calm. When the problem is minor, you can still find ways to enjoy your vacation as long as you remain flexible. If something serious happens due to someone else’s negligence, make sure you document everything you can and get in touch with an experienced injury law firm. Ruining your vacation is bad enough – you shouldn’t have to pay for another person’s mistake, too. Contact The Law Office of Thomas Grier, we can help.