Most Common Memorial Day Injuries
May 24, 2021
Memorial Day Weekend is often an opportunity for celebrations, parties, travel, and having fun outdoors. Unfortunately, the festivities of the holiday weekend also mean an opportunity for accidents and injuries. Below are some of the most common injuries suffered during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
Memorial Day weekend represents one of the biggest travel holidays in New Jersey and across the country. But the sharp increase in traffic during the weekend typically leads to an increase in motor vehicle accidents. Studies have found that people who get on the road over the Memorial Day weekend may be up to four times more likely to get into a fatal motor vehicle accident, compared to another average weekend in the year. But many motor vehicle accidents are likely to result in some degree of injury to the occupants of the vehicles involved in the crash. Common motor vehicle accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Neck/back injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
You can help protect yourself from serious injuries in a car accident over the Memorial Day weekend by ensuring that you always wear your seat belt, avoid distractions behind the wheel, pull over and rest if you are feeling tired or fatigued while driving, and never get on the road after you have consumed alcohol.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Many people choose to spend their Memorial Day weekend outdoors biking, hiking, or walking. When enjoying bike riding or walking on or near roads, you must always remain aware of the potential of an accident with a motor vehicle. Bicycle and pedestrian accidents with motor vehicles tend to result in serious injuries for the bicyclist or pedestrian due to their lack of protection in the event of a collision. Common bicycle and pedestrian accident injuries include head injuries, traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and internal organ injuries or internal bleeding.
Fall accidents represent a common way for injuries to occur over Memorial Day weekend. Slip and fall accidents or falls from heights can often occur around swimming pools that are buzzing with activity during the holiday weekend. Trip-and-fall accidents can also occur to anyone in recreational or hiking parks. Finally, children may also suffer falls when visiting playgrounds or amusement parks during the weekend. Falls can result in broken bones, sprains and strains, torn soft tissues, neck and back injuries, or head and traumatic brain injuries.
Finally, injuries can arise from other types of accidents that may be unique to the Memorial Day weekend holiday. For example, some people bring firearms into their holiday celebrations, leading to the potential of gunshot injuries when proper firearm safety is not observed.
Grills, bonfires, and fireworks are also a common part of many people’s Memorial Day celebrations, which can pose a serious hazard of burn or smoke inhalation injuries if open flames or lit fireworks get out of hand.
Finally, many people choose to spend their holiday on the beach, which means a risk of swimming or drowning accidents when people decide to take a dip in the ocean.
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