Spring break season is upon us. Thousands of high school and college students across the country are enjoying time off and travelling with friends. However, spring break season can be notoriously dangerous. Last week, a 21 year oldDallasman was beaten and stabbed nine times on South Padre Island during his spring break. He has suffered a collapsed lung and two surgeries and is fighting for his life. Friends and family say he probably would not have survived if he had not been in such great physical shape.

It’s important to take safety precautions whenever you travel, but especially on spring break. First, before you leave, pack some essentials, like medications, proof of insurance, identification, and copies of itineraries with your loved ones. Once you finally leave, it’s important to arrive safely. Buckle up. When alcohol is involved, if you plan on driving make sure there’s an assigned designated driver before you leave. If you are in an area in which there are dangerous neighborhoods, map out your route before you go to ensure you don’t end up in lost in a bad part of town.

While you are having fun on the beach, remember that the beach poses its own dangers. Use lots of sunscreen applied frequently throughout the day to avoid sun poisoning. Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration. Be sure to wear life vests when needed. Don’t swim or drive a boat if you’ve been drinking.

Finally, be sure to surround yourself with people you know and trust. Travel in groups, particularly to places such as ATMs. Make sure you get enough sleep throughout your trip so that you are able to make wise decisions.

Spring break can be a great time as long as you take some basic safety precautions. If you have been injured on a spring break trip due to the negligence of another person, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. Our attorneys will fight for your legal rights.