Summertime is a great time to enjoy the company of family and friends with swimming pool parties and backyard barbecues. It is also a wonderful time of the year in Pennsylvania to enjoy the outdoors by riding your bike, taking long walks and road trips. However, it is also the time of year when auto accidents are at their highest. There is also the potential for other types of injuries that can range from inconvenient to devastating.
Here are five of the most common accidents likely to occur in the summer that could result in serious personal injuries:
- Car accidents: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the peak time nationwide for auto accidents. There are many reasons for this increase. Research shows that teen drivers generally spend about 44 percent more time during the week driving than during the school year. Having more inexperienced drivers on the road increases the risk of collisions. Excessive heat during the summer can also increase the risk of equipment failure. Tires are particularly vulnerable to blowouts during the summer because hotter weather can cause the air inside the tires to expand. Also, in many states including Pennsylvania, construction crews are out fixing roadways during the summer. When roadwork leads to detours and lane closures, the risk of collisions increases. In addition, during the summer, particularly during holiday weekends, there are more drunk drivers on our roadways.
- Slip-and-Fall Accidents: Slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents also commonly occur during the summer season because we spend more time outdoors. These types of accidents can result in serious or even fatal injuries. It is important that property owners take the time to repair dangerous conditions such as broken stairs, torn carpeting and cracked walkways so that their premises are safe for tenants, visitors and guests. After a long winter, it is important that property owners pay attention to these types of issues and fix them before someone gets badly injured.
- Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents: When the sun is out, children and adults are out riding their bicycles. Motorcyclists are also out in full force. While riding bicycles and motorcycles can be fun, there is also the increased risk for bike accidents. Bicyclists should wear clothing that makes them visible. Motorcyclists should wear the necessary safety gear to protect themselves. Bicyclists and motorcyclists should wear helmets to prevent head injuries. Motorists should remember at all times that they share the roadway with other vehicles. They should look out consciously for these smaller vehicles, particularly at street intersections and in residential areas.
- Burn Injuries: According to Safe Kids Worldwide, in 2013, more than 126,035 children across the country were injured due to a fire or burn, and only a small percentage were injured by fireworks. During the summertime, there is the increased risk of burn injuries from barbecue grills and fireworks during the July 4 holiday. As we know, burn injuries can be extremely painful and costly to treat. The best way to prevent these types of injuries is to ensure that children are under adult supervision at all times. Older children typically suffer burn injuries from direct heat sources such as campfires and grills. The key to preventing any type of burn injury is adult supervision.
- Pedestrian Accidents: When the sun is out and the days are longer, you just see more people out walking on the road. This is also the time when there is an increase in pedestrian accidents. If you are walking, take safety precautions such as walking only on sidewalks, crosswalks and areas designated for pedestrians. Motorists should also be wary of areas where there is busy foot traffic. Drivers should watch their speed and be sure to yield the right of way to pedestrians.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to receive compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. The experienced Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers at KaplunMarx can help protect your rights. Call us at 610-660-7780 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation.