Personal injuries can happen any time of year; however, certain accidents become significantly more common in the summer months. As the weather heats up and people ditch their (probably light) coats for their (definitely heavy) boats, it’s important to remember how to keep you and your family safe. With that in mind, we’ve assembled some summer injuries for you to look out for this season.
Summer and fire are as natural a pair as…well…summer and water, but we’ll get to that soon enough. In the meantime, barbeque artists, beware: Grill-related injuries occur most often during May, June, July, and August, according to the National Fire Protection Association. These can be a fault of the person behind the grill or even the grill itself if it’s a defective product. The same can be said of fireworks, which injure about 15,000 people a year, according to the Consumer Public Safety Commission. Generally most of the fireworks used are legal, but especially if they aren’t, whomever is responsible for your injuries could be held legally and financially liable.
No one loves their pools like we do in the South. But in addition to all the fun and relaxation that water provides comes the risk of accidental drowning, slip and fall injuries, boating accidents, and more. According to the U.S. Consumer Safety Administration, around 400 deaths per year are due to drowning in a pool or spa. Because half of all drowning deaths in young children happen in private residences, homeowners must be extremely careful to secure their pool area, preventing these senseless deaths as well as any trespassers who may abuse your property or become injured on it.
Properly securing and maintaining a property can also do wonders to avert any nasty poolside falls. While such accidents may seem blameless, many injuries like these can be a result of legally provable negligence.
Boats are another area that can prove problematic this time of year. Many boating accidents occur because the driver may be distracted, underage, or intoxicated, resulting in crashes into other boats or even other people. Like with pools, proper maintenance, safety equipment, and adherence to the rules of the water will help avoid any such accidents.
Everyone knows that a car can easily turn into an oven if it’s parked in the sun long enough, but that’s not the only reason to be cautious in your vehicle this time of year. Road work generally increases in the summer months, underneath tires that are deteriorating faster in the heat. Both can lead to unexpected accidents. Perhaps most inconveniently, traffic is also usually heavier. With the general inclination to head outside in the warmer weather, not to mention college and high school kids alike out of school and on the roads, there’s a higher risk of collisions, regardless of your age. Drunk driving accidents can also increase during the summer months, especially around the fourth of July. Take it from us: don’t let your guard down – Buckle up, be safe, and drive defensively.
The only thing you want more than a good tan is a safe summer. But unfortunately, accidents happen. And while most of them are innocent, they’re not all so black and white. If you get hurt because of someone else’s negligence or are accused and need protection, contact the personal injury attorneys at Akin & Tate Law for a free case evaluation today.
Summertime accident? Call Atlanta’s personal injury attorneys – Akin & Tate: 770-382-0780
Author: Brian Carufe