Avoiding Injuries during Your Memorial Day Camping Trip


May 24, 2011

Spring is here so people are cleaning off their camping equipment in anticipation of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Undoubtedly, this holiday weekend is one of the busiest camping weekends in the country, and it can bring both fun and the risk of serious accidents to those enjoying it.

While camping can mean a lot of rest, relaxation, and fun for the whole family, these types of outings entail a certain amount of potential danger. The use of equipment when camping is an important aspect of any camping outing. It is important that campers know how to properly use their equipment in a safe manner.

While some camp from their cars in nearby camping areas with facilities, some take off into the wilderness with the bare essentials and rough it. Substandard equipment in either one of these situations can be hazardous or leave someone without the proper tools they need.

Manufacturing defects are not uncommon in camping gear. If you experience a serious equipment malfunction while you are out in the middle of the wilderness or out with your family in the woods, it can put you at risk of serious injury. If you or someone you know has been injured due to defective camping equipment, then it is a good idea to consult with a lawyer to see if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Examples of Defective Equipment

Camping equipment can be vital to your survival when you are hiking in unfamiliar areas, or you are exposed to the elements. If you are in a remote area and need medical attention, you rely on your supplies and equipment so it is important that they function properly for the purpose intended. Common examples of defective camping equipment include:

  • Broken compass
  • Defective climbing gear
  • Unsafe recreational or off-road equipment
  • Malfunctioning propane lantern or portable heater
  • Flammable tents or sleeping bags
  • Defective cooking stove

Examples of Safety Tips for Camping Trips

  • Make sure that you have plenty of water
  • Make sure to bring extra batteries along with a flashlight
  • Do not forget the first aid kit
  • Pack any prescription medications
  • Bring sunscreen and bug spray
  • Make sure that you have a buddy with you whenever you engage in an activity
  • Bring a toolkit
  • Make sure to store or get rid of your garbage properly so you do not attract animals
  • Make sure you put your campfire out at night
  • Bring extra gas or charcoal for your barbecue or camping stove

Planning out your camping trip carefully may help you to avoid trouble. A checklist is handy so that you do not forget essential items. It is also advisable to have a briefing with your camping companions to make sure that everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency. You should also ensure that someone like a friend or family member knows where you are going and when you expect to return. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries due to defective camping equipment, then you or your loved one should consider speaking with an experienced Georgia personal injury lawyer.

If a defective or dangerous product has injured you or your loved one, then you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, represent clients throughout Georgia, including those who are seriously injured by defective products.

We have been helping families get the compensation they deserve since 1984.  Our Georgia personal injury attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.  No matter where you are, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Personal Injury

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