5 Common Types of Summertime Personal Injury Cases
The cold winter months are finally over and it’s finally time to start spending some time outside again. But as you have your summer fun, it’s important to remember that some common summer activities can come with a risk of injury. Here are a few types of accidents that often have people calling a personal injury lawyer during the summer months:
Just because the snow and ice have melted, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re at a lower risk for car accidents. According to the Insurance Information Institute, August had the highest number of car accidents in 2015. The weather may be nicer, but there are several other factors that come up during the summer which raise the risk of car accidents.For example, once school lets out for the year, teen drivers will have more time to be out on the road. There’s also the fact that lots of people plan special events like graduation parties, family reunions, and barbeques during the summer months, which means more people could be drinking and driving. Not to mention all the people who plan summer road trips, particularly around holidays like the 4th of July and Memorial Day.
Heat-Related Injuries & Illnesses
If you’re planning on spending any significant amount of time outside on a hot day, it’s important to make sure you take steps to prevent heat stroke. But if you’re an employer who oversees people who work outside, such as construction workers or landscapers, it’s particularly important that you take steps to keep employees safe.
According to OSHA, more than 40% of heat-related worker deaths occur in the construction industry. As an employer, you have a responsibility to make sure you protect outdoor workers from the heat by providing things like access to water and shade, as well as giving them the chance to take breaks during the day. Be sure to visit the OSHA website for more information on preventing heat illnesses and how to look for the signs and symptoms of heat-caused illnesses.
Bicycle & Motorcycle Accidents
With the improved weather, cyclists of all kinds are eager to get back out there. Whether their bike of choice is a motorcycle or a standard bicycle, it’s very easy for riders to become the victim of an accident involving a car. Bicycles and motorcycles are less visible than passenger vehicles and they lack the safety features enclosed vehicles have. Drivers need to be on high alert for cyclists during the summer months, particularly around dusk and dawn when there isn’t as much daylight. For cyclists, one of the best things they can do to stay safe is make sure they have safety gear that fits them well and have reflectors on their bikes and helmets, which will help make them easier to spot.
On a warm summer day, one of the best ways to relax is to take your boat out on the water. Unfortunately, it’s very easy for a fun day on the water to turn dangerous, especially if drinks are being served. Alcohol use is one of the top contributing factors in fatal boating accidents, so remember to skip the alcohol if you’ll be operating the boat. And even if all of your passengers think they’re good swimmers, it’s very important to make sure they always wear life jackets while on board. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 80% of fatal boating accident victims were killed by drowning. Even a good swimmer can have a hard time staying afloat if they end up in the water unexpectedly.
When the kids are out of school, the weather is nice, and they have some extra energy to burn off, heading to the playground may seem ideal. But every year, tens of thousands of children are rushed to the emergency room because of injuries they receive on the playground. While many of those cases occur when children are simply playing around, many of them also occur because of issues with playground equipment. Sometimes, equipment isn’t maintained as well as it should be or there isn’t enough surface protection to keep kids safe if they fall. Be sure to check out any playground equipment before letting your kids play on it, just to make sure everything looks safe and secure enough to use.
No matter the season, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Goodwin & Scieszka know mishaps and accidents do happen and can lead to injuries, like slip and fall accidents. Contact us if you have been injured to see how we can help you through your challenging time.