Spring break comes just when students need it the most. Fatigue has likely set in from the grueling pace of midterms. To finish the semester in the strongest form possible, a break is both well-deserved and much needed.
To recharge the batteries, many spring breakers choose to get away from the grind by going to their favorite destinations. While this offers many opportunities for fun times, it also comes with risks if spring breakers fail to take certain precautions. To make sure some of the most important bases are covered, here are a few things you should consider…
Rental Vehicle Crashes
If possible, it’s advisable to get the best insurance available for a rental car. This will help cover costs in the event of an accident. If you do have the misfortune of being involved in a rental vehicle crash, regardless of what type of insurance you have, the steps you’ll take afterwards are like those you would take in any other type of crash. You’ll want to make sure everyone is safe and get immediate medical attention for anyone who has suffered an injury. You’ll need to get the information from the other driver, contact the police and gather contact information from any witnesses. You will also need to contact the rental car company as soon as possible.
If your crash was caused by a negligent driver, you can still file a personal injury claim to receive compensation for the costs associated with your crash. If your crash was caused by a defect in the rental car, you can take legal action against the rental car company for the damages you’ve suffered.
Crashes Involving Drunk Drivers
Some of the biggest dangers in a spring break environment are alcohol-related. You’ll want to plan for nights out by designating a driver or arranging other transportation ahead of time. If you are injured by a drunk driver, you should follow the proper post-accident protocol mentioned above, keep records and copies of bills related to your injury and contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
A Few Other Things to Keep in Mind
There are a few other general things to keep in mind when traveling on spring break. First, plan for your trip by familiarizing yourself with your destination, including where to go in case of emergency and locations to avoid when on your trip. Second, travel in groups whenever possible to eliminate risks. Third, plan for the weather at your destination. This means packing plenty of warm clothing if you are going on a ski trip or bringing sunscreen when hitting the beach.
We hope your spring break serves its purpose and that you come back from your vacation recharged and ready to go. If you suffer an injury that you believe was caused by another’s negligence, contact Guajardo & Marks to schedule a free consultation with our legal team. We earn no fee unless we win your case.