Touring the nations’ national and state parks has become a popular spring pastime for American families. Indiana is home to a few national parks and several state parks that receive many visitors each year.
You can have many amazing adventures in parks, but always remember to practice safety, especially if you are unfamiliar with the potential hazards you may face. Some of them are so small, you might miss them if you aren’t looking.
Beware the wildlife
In Indiana, park visitors typically fear the small creatures rather than the large ones. Spiders like the black widow and brown recluse thrive in parks across the world.
The kissing bug has also been reported in some Indiana locations. It can transmit a parasite through its bite that sometimes results in Chagas disease, a potentially severe condition. Venomous rattlesnakes and copperheads also populate many public parks.
Watch out for road conditions
Most state and national parks accommodate automobiles to a degree. However, road conditions in some national parks are not ideal. Motor vehicle accidents are always a risk for visitors.
Check up on road and weather conditions before heading into a park.
Who foots the bill for park injuries?
In state and national parks, the government might accept the responsibility for visitor injuries. However, you should know that it can be challenging to prevail in an injury claim involving the government. You must follow strict guidelines with your claim such as providing written notice within 60 days.
Having said that, we want you to know it is not impossible to prevail. With a speedy approach and guidance from a legal professional, you can hold the government accountable for your physical harm.