Staying Safe at Sporting Events This Spring
St. Louis offers many events for sports fans. While football is now over, many hockey fans are still cheering on the St. Louis Blues. Soccer will be starting up soon, as will baseball—much to the delight of Cardinals fans. And let’s not forget youth sports, from Little League to soccer to football.
Of course, many of us are well aware of the fact that sports can lead to injuries to those who play them. What spectators may not be aware of is that they can become victims as well.
Crowds, errant balls, alcohol, and crime are often present at sporting events. These all can lead to serious injury. While the risk of suffering an injury is not too great, it does happen from time to time. That’s why it’s important to know how to protect yourself from sporting event injuries.
Attending a baseball or basketball game or other sporting event should be a fun experience. Avoid turning your family event into an emergency room visit by following these tips:
- Be aware of your surroundings. From the moment you get to the venue, be aware of everything around you. Know where you have parked your car. Remember which entrance you used. Once you find your seats, take a look around you. Locate all the exits in the event of an emergency.
- Park nearby. The closer you park to the venue, the better. The parking lot inside is well-lit and patrolled by security officers. If you park too far away, this can increase your risk of being involved in a crime.
- Avoid getting caught in the crowd. If you come to an area with a lot of people trying to move in the same direction, walk around them. It may be a good idea to leave the event a little early to avoid a situation where thousands of vehicles are leaving at the same time.
- Stay together. Keep your group together at all times. Agree on a place to meet ahead of time in the event that you do get separated. Teach children to avoid strangers and look for police officers or security guards.
- Avoid alcohol. Alcohol causes people to act rowdier than usual. Try to avoiding drinking too much. If you find yourself intoxicated, locate a security officer, who can call for a cab so you can get home. Do not attempt to drive home.
- Report anything suspicious. If a person seems to be acting strangely or you notice anything that could mean an impending crime, such as a bag with a gun or knife, find a security guard and let them know as soon as possible.
Have You Been Injured at a Sporting Event?
While sporting events are usually uneventful when it comes to injuries, sometimes attendees are injured in some way. If you have suffered an injury while at a Blues or Cardinals game, or while attending any other sporting event, it’s important to hold the negligent parties liable. Seek legal help from the St. Louis injury personal injury lawyers at Schultz and Myers. We can help you recover physically and financially. To get started, contact our office at (314) 444-4444 for a free case evaluation.