As summer approaches, our firm wants to provide you with several tips for
how to avoid the most common summertime accidents. Whether you are going
on a road trip, or you are enjoying time with friends at the pool or a
Fourth of July barbecue, following these tips can help increase your safety.
Common Summertime Accidents Include:
- Water Accidents
Drowning Accidents. Swimming is a great way to escape the heat of summer. Many people enjoy
spending a day at the pool, but there are thousands of injuries and deaths
each year due to drownings and non-fatal pool accidents. In order to stay
safe, you need to supervise your children in the water, walk around slippery
pool areas, avoid diving unless in a designated location, and always swim
where there is a lifeguard stationed.
Boating Accidents. To stay safe while boating this summer, it is important to avoid drinking
alcohol while operating a boat. Boating under the influence (BUI) is illegal,
and even though it may seem harmless to operate the boat while drinking
with friends, this puts everyone at risk. The boat operator should avoid
drinking alcohol, and stay alert and aware of the surroundings. Furthermore,
it is important to check weather conditions before starting out, and to
perform proper maintenance on the boat and equipment to prevent a machinery
- Traffic Accidents
Car Accidents. During the summertime, kids are out of school, and many families are going
on vacation. This means there are more people on the road than at any
other time of year. In order to increase your safety as a driver, you
should keep a safe distance between your car and the cars around you,
and avoid distracted or drowsy driving. Paying attention, scanning the
road, and going a safe and legal speed at all times is important to help
avoid an accident.
Pedestrian Accidents. There are also steps you can take as a pedestrian to increase your safety
during the summer. It is important to follow all traffic laws, and to
only cross the street in a designated crosswalk. Wearing bright colored
clothing, making eye contact with nearby drivers, and walking only in
well-lit areas can help increase your visibility to others on the road.
- Fire Accidents
Firework Accidents. Fourth of July celebrations almost always involve fireworks. However, improper
use of fireworks is responsible for countless injuries each year. You
need to exercise caution around fireworks, and to supervise kids at all
times. It is also important to have a fire extinguisher on hand, and to
know how to use it properly if there is an emergency.
Barbecue Accidents. Grill fires are responsible for nearly 7,000 injuries each year, according
to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). While barbecuing this
summer, you need to stay with your grill so you can put out any flare
ups, and check for gas leaks before using the grill. To do this, spray
a solution of dish soap and water onto the gas connections and hoses,
and turn on the gas. If you see any bubbles forming, this means there
is a leak. Turn off the gas, tighten the connections, and check again
to ensure there are no leaks.
Dean Law Firm has helped hundreds of clients reach favorable settlements in personal
injury cases. Our
Midland personal injury attorney has extensive experience, and will discuss your options and communicate
with you throughout the process. Call our firm today at (432) 214-8125
to schedule a free initial case review.