It’s starting to get hot so many American families are starting to make their annual pilgrimage to America’s beaches. Within, you get to enjoy all of the usual tropes of beach-going: Playing in the water, baking in the sun, building sandcastles, and burying friends and family in the sand. If you’re a parent with kids, an unwelcome sight is seeing your kids beg you to take them to the beach and seeing them bored when they get there. So to keep them focused, a great way to keep them occupied is to tell them to dig a hole as deep as they can or build a sandcastle that would put Michelangelo to shame.
Except, now you can’t exactly do that anymore. Yes, there are in fact rules at a beach and not only that, the Myrtle Beach City Council just added a new one. That, “No hole or trench on the beach shall be deeper than two feet.” Also that any hole created must be filled before leaving the beach. Why did they create this new rule? To prevent injury of course, because yes personal injury does in fact extend to the beach. While most people can’t imagine getting themselves injured at a beach while on vacation. The truth is, it’s this kind of thinking that makes the beach a No Man’s Land of sorts.
Slippery surfaces and hazardous materials abound and if someone slips and falls usually it’s assumed it’s their own fault, but there are certain instances in which the means that they fell will give them grounds to start a personal injury case: namely a hole of someone’s own creation. Since a human-created hole is a hazard that someone created and left behind without filling it in, this can fall under the category of negligence and thus a case can be created from it. This is especially considering that people can get their legs stuck in the hole and break or fracture their legs. And, if you get any kind of injury due to someone else’s negligence, naturally you would want to see justice and compensation for it.
The new rule seems excessive to some but smart to others. While some think that injuries can be avoided by simply looking where you’re going, very few people do so on a beach as they’re usually so transfixed by the view the beach provided and finding a spot to relax. So this is a case of, “It’s better to have and not want than to want and not have.”