As you may know, this weekend is Georgia’s tax free weekend. On August 9th and 10th clothing, footwear, computers, and school supplies will be exempt of sales tax. With the new school year starting, this means that most shopping malls and school supply stores will be very crowded with parents and children getting ready for the year. Any instance in which stores are more crowded than usual is a potential danger to all involved.
Like the holiday season, tax free weekends often end with injuries from automobile accidents and other occurrences. For this reason, we have established a list of tax free weekend shopping safety tips for Georgians to consider:
- Be extra attentive when operating your vehicle. More people, including young children, will be walking through parking lots this weekend. This means there’s a higher chance of pedestrian accidents occurring. Drive below the speed limit, abide by all traffic signs, and be careful when backing out of parking spaces. This will ensure that a pedestrian is not injured due to a collision with a car, truck, van, or SUV.
- When you exit your vehicle, it’s your turn to use caution while walking through parking lots. If your children are shopping with you, make sure they do not run throughout parking lots and encourage them to look twice before crossing a lane of traffic. Younger children should always hold an adult’s hand or be fastened into strollers while in parking lots. As a pedestrian, it is important that you exercise as much caution as drivers while navigating busy parking lots this weekend.
- While shopping it is important to be courteous to those around you. Do not run, push, or otherwise engage other shoppers in a negative manner. School supplies and clothing are not worth risking injury over. It is also important to stay close to your children. Again, young children should hold hands with adults or be fastened into a stroller or safety carrier while shopping.
- While navigating escalators, make sure to keep all loose materials and items away from the edges. Do not allow children to play on escalators or put their fingers on the non-moving sides. Also, shoes should be appropriately tied so that injuries can be avoided.
Back to school is usually an exciting part of every parent’s summer. Back to school shopping, however, can be stressful and dangerous. It is important to plan your trip in advance and discuss safety tips with your children, regardless of their age.
As a Georgia personal injury law firm, we take many calls from metro-Atlanta citizens that are injured in unlikely circumstances. Many times these injuries are due to the unexpected circumstances in which the injury was sustained. It is better to be too safe than for you or a family member to encounter serious injuries while shopping in crowded places. For more information or to inquire about a potential personal injury due to another person’s negligent actions, contact Jones & Swanson today. We can be reached by phone at (770) 427-5498 or online at www.awjlaw.com.