Summertime is a time for fireworks, barbecues, family and celebration,
but it can also be an unsafe time of the year. As you gather with loved
ones, it’s important to know about the preventable accidents that
can wreak havoc during these months. These are 5 of the most common summertime
accidents you need to know.
1. Car Crashes
According to Geotab, a GPS vehicle tracking company, an average of 119
deadly crashes occurred over the summer holiday of July 4th over the last 10 years, making it the most dangerous day to drive in the
United States. As a driver, you should be very cautious on the road and
avoid drinking and driving at all costs. Appoint someone to be the designated
driver or leave your keys at home and take a taxi or Uber.
2. Firework Injuries
Fireworks are a leading cause of injuries during the summer, especially
on Independence Day. Since they are explosives and they often shoot upwards,
face and hand injuries are most common. Tips to avoid firework injuries
include viewing them from at least 50 feet away and never picking up an
ignited firework, even if it appears to be off. Between June 18 –
July 18, 2016, there were an estimated
7,600 injuries sustained from fireworks.
3. Cooking Fires
The most common insurance claim on July 4, a popular summer holiday, is
for...cooking fires. Prevent dangerous cooking fires caused by grills
and smokers by keeping children away, having a fire extinguisher at hand
and never throwing water on a grease fire.
4. Swimming Pool Accidents
Backyard swimming pool parties are a summertime staple, but beware because
pools pose several dangers, especially to children. Always make sure kids
are supervised when in or around the pool and be aware of anyone who may
be drunk and attempting to swim or dive in a pool.
5. Boating Accidents
As people take to the water summertime activities, the potential for boating
accidents increases. Independence Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day typically
account for more than 1/3 of all boating-related accidents and fatalities.
If you’re getting on a boat, wear your life jacket, be prepared
for emergencies and don’t drink alcohol if you are the captain.
With these tips in mind, we hope you enjoy a safe summer. If, however,
you or someone you know is injured due to the negligence of another person,
Longmont personal injury attorneys at Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. immediately. We can provide the
legal representation you require to obtain compensation for medical bills
or loss of wages due to an injury.
Call (720) 809-8310 or
contact us online
to speak with an experienced lawyer.