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Spring is fast approaching. Meaning that the season where our nation's youth, in the prime of their poor decision-making lives, will venture forth to hot, dangerous, and alcohol-filled locations is nearly upon us. Which destination will prove the most perilous? What new and gruesome injuries will our country's college students bring home from equatorial climes?
Here are the five most likely spring break injuries, based on our experience:
Any country bearing the travel warning that "U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organized criminal groups" has to top our list. Try to avoid drinking and drug use in public, obviously, and be prepared to be arrested if you get into a car accident.
Spring breakers are going to drink, most likely in bars and clubs. So where's the line between merely serving your clientele and injuring them? It may depend on the dram shop laws in your state, which can holds bars liable for over-serving patrons, especially if they cause injuries to third parties.
With all that drinking, there's bound to be a disagreement or two, and some people just don't know how to peacefully settle their differences. The bar or its staff could be liable for fight injuries on the premises, and you can sue someone for beating you up.
All those not out at drinking bars will probably be drinking at a house party. Like bar owners, social hosts may be liable for providing alcohol to minors or for slip-and-fall injuries on the property. So you might want to be careful about who you put on the guest list.
Spring break also means Spring Training and the beginning of the baseball season. If you're headed to check out the Citrus or Cactus League this year, keep your head on a swivel: the baseball rule means that ballparks are normally not liable for injuries from a fly or foul ball.
Try and stay safe out there this spring break. And if you do get injured, you might want to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney to see if you have a case.