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Summer is traditionally known as a time to be carefree and enjoy the weather and company of others. But it’s also a time when many personal injury cases are seen. If you were injured in an accident that was no fault of your own, you could seek damages from the person responsible. Here are some of the most frequently seen accidents in the summer and some tips on how to prevent them.
Whether it’s a public, private or backyard pool, drowning accidents can happen to anyone at any time. However, children are the most vulnerable to swimming pool accidents and it’s the second leading cause of death for kids between one and 14 years of age, according to the CDC. Take proper precautions to secure a gate around a backyard pool to prevent unintentional drowning. Be sure to never, under any circumstances, leave a child unattended in a pool. This includes public pools with lifeguards; while the guard is responsible for the safety of the swimmers, parents need to keep a vigilant eye on their children and not treat a lifeguard as a babysitter. For adults, make sure to stay out of a pool while drinking — a drunken fall into a pool could be deadly if the person hits their head on the way down.
With more drivers out on the road heading to vacation destinations, the chance of being involved in a car accident increases. Always remember to never drink and drive after a summer barbeque, or text your friends on the way to one. Obeying the rules of the road ensures that you can avoid causing an accident that can harm you or others.
Bikes are more often on the road in the summer months. If cycling, always wear a helmet and be sure to know where the motor vehicles are in relation to you as you ride down a busy road. Also be aware when cycling on a path or trail — watch out for pedestrians and any natural objects you could come into contact with to avoid a devastating crash.
When the weather warms, it’s the perfect time to ride. Like bicyclists, motorcyclists must be hyper-aware of their surroundings and never rely on car drivers to pay attention to your whereabouts. Avoid swerving in and out of traffic and always wear protective gear to lessen the impact if you are involved in an accident.
If you were injured in an accident, consult with a personal injury lawyer at The May Firm to discuss the details of your case and determine if there’s enough evidence to move forward. Call 1-844-MAYFIRM today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation with a personal injury attorney.
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