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Replenishing beaches may result in tourist injuries

Here's something interesting you may never have thought about. When new sand is placed on a beach, it's not settled as well as older sand. This can lead to severe injuries. Why? Without the sandbars further from the shore, the waves come in harder and throw individuals into the sand in ways that could lead to fractures, head injuries and other wounds. Essentially, beaches with replenished shores could be more dangerous than those that are naturally occurring.

When new sand is added, it makes the beach wider, which is ideal for more vacationers. The trouble is that the beach also gets taller. That creates a steep slope that causes waves to break close to shore. Spinal cord injuries grow, according to Cape May's fire chief, after the shores in the area are replenished.

There are no studies to show that replenished beaches are more dangerous, but if there were, it might be possible to pursue a claim against those who replenish the beach without considering the increased danger to surfers and other beach-goers.

There are also other environmental factors that impact your safety at the beach including the weather that day and the height of the waves. Currents and wind speed are major factors in spinal cord injuries and daily beach injuries on the whole.

If you go to the beach and suffer an injury, it's possible you may have a claim depending on where you are and what happened. Recent changes to the beach could make the premises' owner liable, whereas accidents from vehicles on the beach may be the responsibility of the driver of the vehicle.

Beaches are generally safe, but you need to be aware of the risks. Have fun in the sun, but remember to look around and stay vigilant while you enjoy your time at the beach.

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