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Common Injuries on Summer VacationBy Pyle Law, August 07 2019 2:01 pm
Many of us look forward to summer all year – the kids are out of school, the days are longer, and the weather is warmer. It’s time to take a trip or spend lazy days lounging by the pool. It’s important, however, to recognize the potential dangers and prepare accordingly so that your summer isn’t spent recovering from an injury.
For many families, summer means taking a road trip. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, summer and early fall are the most dangerous time of the year on summer roads, with weekends being more dangerous than weekdays. The reason is simple – the number of car accidents increases as more people take to the roads.
It’s also important to recognize that three of the most dangerous weekends for traffic fatalities occur during the summer months: Memorial Day weekend, the 4th of July, and Labor Day Weekend. These are weekends commonly associated with parties, family gatherings, and alcohol. Unfortunately, the number of car accidents also increases when people drink and drive.
There is maybe no better way to cool off in the summer than going for a swim. Unfortunately, summer also sees an increase in drowning deaths and other injuries that arise from having fun on the water. Lakes and other natural bodies of water can have hidden dangers and present a number of complicated legal issues – is the water private property or open to the public? Were there signs warning visitors of the possible dangers or that there were no lifeguards on duty?
Swimming pools carry their own dangers. Private swimming pools should have secured access to prevent unwanted visitors from entering the pool area. Public swimming pools should comply with all safety regulations regarding lifeguards and safety equipment. Of course, swimming pools also pose additional risks of injury due to trip and fall hazards and other dangers related to the facility itself.
Getting out in a boat often means having a few drinks. Unfortunately, people tend to overlook the fact that driving while intoxicated is just as dangerous in a boat as it is in a car. Boat accidents often result in serious injury – passengers are unrestrained and they are ejected into the water. To make matters worse, they may not be wearing life preservers, either.
Fireworks are fun, but are also dangerous – the primary ingredient is gunpowder, after all. Fireworks can malfunction due to product defects, resulting in unexpected explosions that cause serious injury to the hands and face.
Even if you aren’t using them, there are risks associated with attending fireworks displays. The fireworks may be detonating too close to the crowd, either due to a miscalculation of the organizers or product defects, and cause serious burns for those in attendance.
If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence this summer, the people responsible for your accident should be held accountable. We can help you get the compensation you need to make a full recovery. Call us today at (888) 381-1155 (toll-free), (620) 241-9000, email us at email@example.com, or visit us online for a free consultation with our Kansas personal injury attorney and discuss how we can help you.