Law Office of Dathan Hill May 2019 225-224-6412

May 2019

Avoiding Those SummertimeWoes Tips on Staying Safe During Your Summertime Adventures

With the heat of summer looming on the horizon, many Louisianians are looking forward to getting outside and doing what they love. Whether it’s getting back out on the water, walking, or riding your bicycle, there’s plenty to look forward to when the days start getting longer. Unfortunately, the change in weather can bring newfound risks. With so many people having the same ideas, the combination of overcrowded waterways and roadways coupled with increased alcohol consumption could leave you in harm’s way if you don’t keep your wits about you. That’s where we come in. Here at the Law Office of Dathan Hill, we have helped countless clients get back on their feet after they were injured by the negligence of another party. Louisianians know how to have a good time, and that’s something we like to take pride in, but there are always going to be some bad apples who don’t know when to call it quits. We can’t always account for the actions of those around us, and there’s only so much you can do to prevent the unexpected. Even so, by better preparing for the dangers we may come across this time of year, we’ll know our best course of action in the event that things get spoiled by an irresponsible party. Accidents happen, but we shouldn’t have to be victimized by negligence. If you plan on spending some time on the water this summer, make sure your boating and safety equipment is up-to-date and well- tested before you even step foot on the dock. Always be watchful for erratic behavior and don’t try to show off about how fast that new engine goes. If you’re going to have a few cold ones, you’d best have an experienced driver to take the reins. In 2011, it was reported that 16 percent of boating deaths occurred because of alcohol, which is more than any other contributing factor.

As for the weather, we know how quickly it can get out of hand in Louisiana. Make sure you’re checking the reports up to the minute you cast off, as storms can roll in fast and turn any fun excursion potentially dangerous. For our bicyclists and the drivers around them, always remember Louisiana’s laws surrounding our two-wheeled friends. In our fair state, bicycles are defined as vehicles under the current set of laws. This means that a cyclist has all the same rights and duties as the driver of a motor vehicle. The difference is in the details. Cyclists are required to ride as close to the right hand side of the lane as possible, unless there are other mitigating factors like passing a third party, avoiding obstacles, or weather conditions. For other drivers sharing the road, keep in mind that vehicles are required to give ample room to cyclists. This means not less than 3 feet. Make sure to leave plenty of room so everybody can get to their leisure destination as safely as possible.

in an accident, and you feel like an individual negligently put you in harm’s way, don’t hesitate to contact your friends at the Law Office of Dathan Hill. We will not sit idly by if our clients are needlessly injured and recklessly endangered. Let’s make this a summer to remember, and that starts with taking care of our community. To reach our offices and schedule a free consultation today, give us a call at 225-224-6412, or visit our website anytime at .

We will let your voice be heard.

-Dathan Hill

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