New York City Personal Injury Law Blog
Common Summertime Accidents and Injuries
Summer is a time of fun and adventure, but it also brings with it plenty of opportunity for accidents and injuries. With the Fourth of July celebrations during this season, the number of people who sustain injuries due to various accidents increases significantly.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 230 fireworks-related injuries occurs near and on the Fourth of July. An estimated 10,500 injuries involving fireworks were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2014.
Other summer accidents include bicycling and swimming accidents. According to CDC in 2013, more than 900 bicyclists were killed and an estimated 494,000 emergency department visits involved bicycle-related injuries. Every day, approximately 10 people meet a fatal end due to unintentional drowning.
Here is a look at some of the most common accidents and injuries that occur in summer:
Car Accidents – Summer is a time when roads are jammed with cars heading to the beach or to visit loved ones, and other reasons. It is vacation time, so there are more teens on the road well. Also, more construction projects seem to go on in the summer, adding to the potential for danger on roadways. It is important to remain alert and focused on the road, pedestrians, other drivers, bikers and motorcyclists, and make sure that there are no distractions when you are behind the wheel.
Pool Injuries – Summer calls for a dip in the pool! However, you should always be aware of the hazards the surround a swimming pool and make sure that you avoid them. Slip and fall accidents occur often when people slip on wet surfaces and suffer a head or neck injury or break a bone.
- Never dive into the water without knowing the depth.
- Never risk a spinal cord injury by diving into shallow water.
- Follow the rules and obey safety signs posted around the swimming pool.
- Never run around the pool area. Always walk.
- Make sure that there is a lifeguard on duty.
- Always make sure that children are under adult supervision, especially if a lifeguard is not present.
- If you notice any hazardous conditions, alert the swimming pool manager or homeowner immediately.
Bicycling Injuries – The majority of bicycling injuries, especially severe ones, occur because the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet. Helmets prevent serious head and brain injuries and save many lives. It is important to make sure that you or your children always wear a properly fitted helmet before heading out on your bicycle.
If you are riding at night, you should make sure that you wear retro-reflective clothing to increase visibility. Additionally, it is important to follow the rules of the road at all times.
If you or a loved one is injured due to another person’s negligence or recklessness, you should immediately seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.
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