Boston is home to its fair share of summer events catering to both residents and tourists. From music festivals like Boston Calling to Red Sox games all season long, there’s no shortage of activities to participate in, regardless of your personal tastes and interests.

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Attending any such event should be a pleasant experience. However, it’s important to keep in mind that attending a crowded event virtually always involves the potential risk of being injured in an accident. The following tips will help you guard against this:

Protect Yourself from the Heat

Spending time outdoors in the heat can jeopardize your health. Avoid this by:

  • Staying hydrated
  • Wearing sunscreen and reapplying it regularly
  • Wearing light clothing (both in terms of weight and color)
  • Find shady spots where you can get out of the sun when necessary

To protect your eyes and face, you might also consider wearing sunglasses and a hat.

Keep Your Phone Charged

Even if you attend one of Boston’s many summer events with friends or family, you need to consider the possibility that you might get separated from one another at some point. Ensure you have a way to communicate if this happens by charging your phones prior to the event. Additionally, think about buying portable chargers to keep with you in case your phones’ batteries deplete.

Study the Venue

You may not be thoroughly familiar with the venue of an event you plan to attend. If so, research its layout ahead of time to avoid getting lost. Having a general understanding of a venue’s layout can also help you choose a safe spot at which to rendezvous with your friends or family if you get separated from your group.

Stay Sober

When you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol, your inhibitions are lowered, your judgment is compromised, and your coordination may diminish. This is not a state you want to be in when attending a crowded event.

Don’t arrive at a summer event in an intoxicated state. If you do consume any alcohol during an event, don’t allow yourself to become intoxicated. Naturally, if you plan on driving to an event, you should at the very least choose a designated driver, although remaining sober yourself may be the best choice.

When you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol, your inhibitions are lowered, your judgment is compromised, and your coordination may diminish.

Pay Attention to the Behavior of Others

Ideally, you could devote all your attention to the performers you’ve spent money to see when attending a concert or other such event. However, it’s important to understand that others attending such events could cause accidents or start fights if they aren’t behaving responsibly.

Be sure you’re always paying a reasonable degree of attention to the behavior of those in your vicinity at a crowded event. If someone is behaving in a potentially dangerous manner, distance yourself from them. It’s also wise to report suspicious behavior to security if you notice any.

Tell Others About Your Plans

You may plan on attending a summer event in Boston by yourself at some point. If you do, let others know about your plans so that someone always knows your whereabouts. If necessary, check in regularly to let friends or family know you’re safe.

Keep Your Distance

The degree to which you may follow this advice can vary depending on the size of the venue and how many other guests are in attendance. That said, whenever possible, it’s best to maintain a reasonable distance between yourself and others.

Doing so will naturally boost your comfort during an event. It could also boost your safety.

Injured at a Boston Summer Event? A Personal Injury Attorney May Help

Following the advice here could minimize your odds of being injured while attending a concert or similar event in the Boston area this summer. However, even if you exercise caution you might nevertheless be injured as a result of another party’s negligence if a fellow guest behaves recklessly or if those responsible for maintaining a safe venue are careless.

Hopefully, this won’t happen, but if it does, it’s important to understand that you may be eligible for financial compensation. If you file a personal injury or premises liability claim or lawsuit, you may be able to secure compensation to help you pay for your medical care, compensate you for lost wages, and more.

At Swartz & Swartz, P.C., a Boston personal injury attorney is available to review your case and explain your legal options in greater detail. Learn more about what we can do for you by contacting us online or calling us at (617) 742-1900.

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About the Author: Matthew Dunn
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Matthew Dunn is an associate attorney at Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Matthew represents victims of personal injury and employment discrimination. Prior to joining Swartz & Swartz, P.C., Matthew represented both injured workers and insurance companies before the Department of Industrial Accidents. Having represented insurance companies, Matthew has insight on how an insurance company will evaluate and investigate a claim.

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