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3 Summertime Accidents to Avoid

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:

  1. 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 malfunction.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.