All things we love about the weather warming up and summer approaching – longer days, social gatherings, bike rides – are the very same things that make it the most accident-prone time of the year. Below is a list of some of the most common summertime accidents.
Swimming Pool Injuries
There’s no better way to beat the heat during summer than by jumping into a cool swimming pool. However, as fun as a dip in the pool may be, swimming pool accidents and injuries are very common – especially amongst younger children. From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2018, at least 148 children younger than age 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas. Although some swimming pool injuries may be unavoidable, there are certain steps you can take to prevent these types of catastrophes, including:
• Children being in arms reach of an adult at all times
• Using caution when walking around the edge of the pool
• Looking for signs that indicate the depth of the pool before diving in
Boating is a favorite pastime of many people during the summer months, which is why there is a spike in boating accidents during this season. Boating accidents happen for many different reasons, including:
• Operator inattention
• Operator inexperience
• Mechanical failure
• Hazardous conditions
Riding a bicycle becomes even more enjoyable when the weather is warmer. Biking is a great form of exercise and fun, but it can also be dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 800 people are killed in bicycle accidents each year. There is no way to completely avoid a bicycle accident, but you can prevent or reduce the risk of serious injuries by wearing safety gear, especially a helmet.
Dogs bites and attacks are also another common occurrence during summer months. This is because dog owners are more likely to take their dogs for longer walks during the summer and take them to parks and other such locations that attract large crowds. Additionally, warmer weather can agitate dogs in the same way that it can leave humans feeling uncomfortable and irritable.
What To Do After an Accident
If you have been involved in any of these accidents, or any other types of accidents caused by the negligence or recklessness of a third party, you may be entitled to compensation for:
• Past and future medical bills
• Loss of wages and loss of earning capacity
• Pain and suffering
• Emotional and mental trauma
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. To ensure you get the full money damages you deserve, you need to consult with and hire an Orange County accident attorney.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with an OC accident lawyer, please call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at (888) 848-5084.