Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) July 23, 2013 -- It might seem hard to believe, but in many areas of the country, school is going to be back in session in just a few short weeks. As such, many families are about to embark on summer vacations before the drudgery of the everyday sets in again.
But what happens on vacation doesn’t always stay on vacation. The last thing that families want to face is a serious injury that turns their vacation into a months- or even years-long staycation. When citizens are put into situations that fall outside of their comfort zones, the risk of injury escalates, and those injuries can have dramatic repercussions back home.
The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers of Levy Baldante have seen numerous vacations go awry in their five decades of litigation experience. But attorney Jack S. Cohen hopes that the accidents which so often befall travelers can be avoided with the right mindset prior to setting out on a trip.
“Taking a vacation is certainly an exciting time,” said Mr. Cohen, “but far too many people let that excitement get in the way of the proper safety precautions. With schedules to stick to, reservations to make, and strange situations to confront, not to mention a lack of knowledge about local statutes, the pressure often gets to be too much and leads to a safety oversight. It’s up to travelers to do what they can to ensure a fun trip doesn’t turn tragic.”
With that in mind, Levy Baldante is offering up a series of tips focused on helping travelers make it there and back safely.
•Driving- The allure of the Great American Road Trip still causes many families to forego airline travel. But drivers can get so focused on making it to the next destination on time that they forego safe driving procedures.
A safe vacationer should limit their speed, especially among unfamiliar routes. Dangerous maneuvers can’t be executed simply to catch an exit. If lost, a vehicle must be pulled over before consulting a map, and drivers should take breaks or switch with a passenger every so often anyway to prevent fatigue.
•Distraction- While distraction has no place at the wheel, it also has no place when a traveler is surrounded by a throng of people in a crowded thoroughfare. Such inattention can lead an individual to run into other people as well as various environmental objects. Plus, oblivious parties leave themselves open to thieves if their conversation takes their mind away from their luggage, wallet, and other valuables.
•Amusement Parks- When it comes to the big-name theme parks that tend to draw swarms of tourists from around the globe each year, safety can usually (though not always) be assured. But this isn’t the case with all local carnivals and attractions.
Any trip to a venue with movement-based attractions should prompt careful research into the operator’s track record. If safety problems of the past are manifold, there’s no reason to think the present is any different. And when families do visit an attraction, instincts should be trusted. Something that looks rickety and unsafe may very well be rickety and unsafe rather than just themed that way.
•Recreational Activities- Similar to amusement parks, travelers can protect their families from unscrupulous operating companies by conducting extensive research prior to an excursion. A couple weeks ago, a parasailing accident involving two teenage girls captured the eye of the nation. That incident, as described in a July 3 CNN report entitled “Parasailing Accident Raises Questions About Industry,” has caused many families to rethink their vacation plans. Travelers should conduct due diligence and stay away from shady purveyors of recreational activities.
“No matter the vacation destination,” said Mr. Cohen, “travelers should be able to have peace of mind when they take a trip with their families. A little planning and a lot of awareness can go a long way.”
The law firm of Levy, Baldante, Finney, Rubenstein, Cohen & Chizmar, P.C. has been fighting for the rights of injured parties since its founding in the 1960s. Recognized by such organizations as Super Lawyers, the American Association for Justice, and the Trial Lawyers Associations of both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Levy Baldante is dedicated to assisting persons injured by medical malpractice, automobile accidents, defective products, premises liability, and other instances of personal injury. View their website to learn more about the firm’s services.
Jack Cohen, Levy, Baldante, Finney, Rubenstein, Cohen & Chizmar, P.C., http://levybaldante.com, 215-735-1616, [email protected]