Summer should be a time to slow down, relax and have fun. However, that doesn’t always happen. Unfortunately, for many people, summer will be a time for recovery after a serious accident.
There are numerous accidents that can be more common during the summer months, and knowing what these are could help raise awareness and potentially prevent some of them.
- Car accidents – As noted in a recent USA Today article, car accidents can increase in the weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is especially true for accidents involving teenage drivers. To avoid accidents, stay attentive and consider avoiding roadways late at night or during periods of increased congestion.
- Drowning accidents – As the temperatures rise, so do the number of people cooling off in lakes and pools. This can increase the number of people at risk of drowning. To prevent drowning accidents, make sure children have adequate supervision near water; wear life jackets, when appropriate; pay attention to signs and warnings of potential risks to swimmers.
- Motorcycle accidents – Summer is a popular time for motorcyclists of all ability levels to ride, which means there could be a higher risk of collision involving a motorcycle. Drivers should be especially mindful of motorcyclists and give them plenty of room on the road. Riders should wear protective gear and comply with all traffic laws.
- Alcohol-related accidents – Whether people are at barbecues, on vacation or just spending more time with friends after work, alcohol use is quite common during the summer. This can lead to an increase in drunk driving, drunk boating and other alcohol-related accidents. If you or someone you are with is drinking, don’t drive; find a sober ride home. If you encounter someone who is intoxicated and potentially dangerous, keep your distance and consider alerting the authorities.
We hope that making readers aware of these types of accidents can help people avoid serious accidents and injuries this summer. However, if you or your loved one does get hurt in an accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of someone else, it can be important that you discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible.