Common Questions About Tailgating Safety and Injuries

Below you will find the answers to some of the questions we hear the most regarding Tailgating Safety & Injuries. If you have questions or comments please call our office anytime at 407-490-1271.

Who can be charged for tailgating damages?

  • Stadium Owners. If tailgating injuries can be attributed to the tailgating area, such as the parking lot or stadium, the owner(s) can be held liable. Even if the injuries resulted from fans fighting with one another, the property owner can be held liable for inadequate security.
  • Universities or Colleges. If a school is the backdrop for a tailgate party and an injury occurs, the university or college can be held legally responsible for the damages. Drunken students are a liability risk for schools, especially if these students are underage.
  • Social Organizations. Social groups such as fraternities and sororities may host a tailgating party and thus potentially be held liable for injuries sustained under social host liability laws.
  • Individuals. Those hosting a personal tailgate party can be held liable under several tort theories if an injury occurs. Individuals can be held accountable for actions such as negligence, recklessness, assault and even battery.

What are some steps I can take to avoid injury at a tailgating event?

  • Handle and cook food properly. It is vital to keep perishable foods fresh by storing them below 40 degrees. Be careful not to cross contaminate when preparing meats and make sure all foods are cooked thoroughly to prevent food poisoning.
  • Bring a Fire Extinguisher. When grilling, cooking fats combined with hot coals or gas can cause flames. Be prepared by having a fire extinguisher on hand in case of a fire.
  • Do Not Use Glass Items. Opt for aluminum cans instead of glass bottles and use plastic or paper cups rather than glass. Glass items can become hazardous if broken.
  • Avoid Conflicts. Tailgating events can become dangerous when you combine excited fans and excessive alcohol. Steer clear of situations that may lead to a confrontation. If you find yourself in a potentially dangerous situation, walk away.
  • Never Drink and Drive. Both vehicles and pedestrians are gathered in close proximity at tailgate parties. Never drink and drive, for the safety of everyone around.

What are some tips for tailgating in the hot Florida weather?

  • Stay Protected from the Sun. Prolonged sun exposure can cause overheating, dehydration and heat stroke, especially in Florida. Protect yourself from the harmful rays by wearing plenty of sunscreen. Also, consider a tent or canopy for additional protection from the sun.
  • Keep Yourself Hydrated. Common dehydration symptoms include headache, dizziness, fatigue, and excessive thirst. Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration, even in small amounts throughout the day. Drinks with high amounts of sugar and alcohol can contribute to dehydration.

Questions About Tailgating Safety and Injuries?

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