When Can I Sue for Accidents on the Beach?

| May 23, 2018 | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury

People like to have fun.

People like to feel safe.

These two universal human desires, unfortunately, are often at odds with each other. A lot of the activities we find fun – especially at the beach – come with inherent risks, and anytime there are risks, there will be accidents.

All too often, beach accidents happen because of someone’s negligence. If you are injured or a loved one dies or gets hurt because of someone else’s negligence, contact your Myrtle Beach personal injury attorney immediately. In many cases, Axelrod and Associates can help you to hold the negligent party responsible and recover damages from them.

The Scariest Beach Accident: Drowning

Last month, the family of a 4-year-old girl filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a North Myrtle Beach resort after the child drowned in a pool.

Pool owners have a duty to keep their property safe, and if their failure to do so results in death or injury, they can be held liable.

These conditions often contribute to pool accidents:

  • No lifeguards or poorly trained lifeguards;
  • No effective fences or gates;
  • Cloudy water;
  • No ladders or damaged ladders;
  • Unsafe diving boards; and
  • Dangerous pool slides.

Of course, in Myrtle Beach, pools are not the only bodies of water where accidents happen. No one owns the ocean, but, in some cases, private property owners, the city, or third-party service providers can be held liable when someone drowns because of negligence on the part of beach lifeguards or others.

Beach Debris

If you cut your foot on a jagged shell that just washed up with the tide, it’s nobody’s fault.

But, if you slice your foot open on a broken bottle or other man-made debris, the property owner – whether an individual, a private company, or the city – could be liable if they failed to properly maintain their property.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Property owners at the beach have a duty to make sure their property is free of trip- or slip-hazards. With thousands of people coming and going with wet feet, this can be particularly difficult at the beach – but, property owners can still be held liable if you slip in a hotel lobby or a store aisle due to their negligence.

Auto Accidents at the Beach

Traffic gets crazy this time of year at the beach, especially during Myrtle Beach Spring Break, the Atlantic Beach Bikefest, and the Harley Davidson Spring Rally. Accidents will happen on the boulevard, at beach access points, and other congested roads throughout the Myrtle Beach area.

Everyone who gets behind the wheel of a car has a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid hurting others. If you are injured because of another driver’s negligence – whether they were speeding, drunk, ignored a traffic signal, or were sending a text message – you can file a personal injury lawsuit against them to collect damages. This is true whether you were a driver or passenger in a vehicle or a pedestrian.

Beach Accident Lawyers in Myrtle Beach – Auto Accidents, Slip and Fall, Personal Injury Attorneys

If you were hurt in an accident in Myrtle Beach – car wrecks, slip and fall accidents, drowning accidents, or any type of injury caused by someone else’s negligence, call your personal injury lawyer at Axelrod and Associates now at (843) 916-9300 or send us a message through our website to set up a free review of your case.

Archives

FindLaw Network