When the weather in northern states turns cold, many people head south. They want to escape the snow and ice, and they’re often called “snowbirds.” They live in a warmer climate for a few months and then head back home. 

Interestingly, though, this can change over time. Eventually, many start staying in the warmer states, in their second homes, for the majority of the year. They go back to visit the northern states in the warmer summer months, but it’s mostly just to see friends and family members. For all intents and purposes, they live in the south. 

This transition does take time, though, and the years in between mean that many people flock to states and regions where they’re less familiar with everything around them. They could come from a landlocked state like North Dakota, for instance, and spend a few months on the edge of the ocean. This all seems very fun, exciting and exotic — especially the first time they visit. 

That said, it also means they could face some risks of which they’re unaware. They may find themselves on sailboats or yachts, taking cruises, going parasailing, renting jet skis, going water skiing and swimming in the coastal waters, with all of their currents and storm dangers. These risks are very apparent to those born here, but those from other parts of the country may not realize how serious they are or how quickly accidents can happen. 

When snowbirds get injured, they do need to understand their legal rights to any compensation they may be due. To learn more, they can contact the Law Offices of John W. Merting, P.A. Mr. Merting is Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law and has been re-certified four times.