Five incidents most common during the summer that put you at risk of a personal injury
Now that summer is officially here; everyone is trying to spend as much time outdoors as possible. However, road trips, outdoor activities, and fun in the sun comes with an increased risk of summer-related accidents and personal injury. Some accidents are more common during the winter months (i.e., car accidents caused by snowy weather, slipping and falling on ice). Similarly, some incidents are common in the summer months that put you at a higher risk of personal injury. It’s essential to be aware of these common personal injuries to be safe and enjoy your summer to the fullest.
1. Car Accidents
The summertime means more road trips and travelling either solo or with family and friends. An increase in driving means an increased possibility of car accidents.
Summer/road trip-specific driving risks to be aware of to prevent personal injury:
- Driving in unfamiliar areas mean that you aren’t aware of the same hazards, traffic flow, and signage that you may typically encounter on your daily commutes. Be cautious when driving in new areas, and make sure to be prepared for your trip before departing. Research the area and ensure you have a working GPS or map for backup.
- Driving with a lot of people in your car can be very distracting. Road trips are a lot of fun with friends and family to keep you company, but your passengers will have needs. Be sure to anticipate these needs and know how to respond to them so that you won’t distract you while you’re driving.
- Driving for a long time is tiring and may not be easy for those who aren’t used to it. Be sure to take breaks and avoid driving while you’re tired. Driving fatigued increases risks accidents and personal-injury almost just as much as driving while under the influence. Schedule breaks into your trip and switch drivers throughout the trip, if possible.
2. Swimming Injuries
One of the best ways to cool off in the summer is to go for a swim. No matter what age you are, drowning and other water accidents are always a risk.
To avoid personal injury when you or someone you know is around water, be mindful of:
- Diving or jumping into the water when you are unsure of how deep it is
- Signs around pools and other bodies of water that warn of danger
- Slippery conditions around pool areas, and other swimming pool injury risks
- Swimming in deep waters far from shores, docks, or somewhere to rest if you get tired
3. Boating Accidents
If you are lucky enough to have access to boats during the summer, severe personal injury can happen if:
- You are boating in hazardous weather conditions. Be sure to check the weather for the day before heading out.
- The driver of the boat is inexperienced or irresponsible. Do not get on a vessel operated by someone who is not qualified to be driving one.
- There is a lack of safety gear. There should be a life jacket available for each person on the boat.
4. Heat-Related Illnesses
Spending an excessive amount of time in the heat can cause heat-related illnesses that can be fatal or cause personal injury. Some heat-related illnesses include; heat rash, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke.
If not treated promptly, these illnesses can become life-threatening or cause serious long-term health problems. Heatstroke specifically is a medical emergency, and you should seek medical attention immediately if you think you or someone you know is experiencing it.
Stay hydrated, avoid staying in direct sunlight for a long duration, and wear loose-fitting clothing to reduce heat-related illness risk.
5. Motorcycle and Bicycle Accidents
Motorcycles and bicycles are great vehicles used during the summer. Many people opt for a bike as their preferred method of transportation during this time. Unfortunately, many motorists can be careless when driving around bicyclists and motorcyclists or may not know how to drive around them safely. Personal injury caused by motorcycle and bicycle accidents tend to be very serious. Always wear the proper safety gear and be aware of traffic when on the roads.
Enjoy your summer safely and avoid making a personal injury claim
Being aware of increased personal injury risks during the summer is essential. Being prepared, cautious, and proactive could save you or someone you know from becoming seriously hurt. Your health and safety should always be your top priority; do not risk your life or wellbeing to have a bit of fun. Take all necessary precautions when enjoying your time outdoors so that you and your friends and family can get the most fun out of your summers.