Summer is nearly here, and that means different types of personal injuries are starting to become more common again. Although personal injuries can happen at any time of the year, there are certain activities and happenstances during the summer that may put you at greater risk.
With that in mind, consider the following common summer personal injuries so you know what to be on the lookout for these next few months.
Car accident-related injuries
Every year, there are about 6 million car accidents in the United States. During the summer months, in particular, the number of car accidents on U.S. roads increases for several different reasons. Three of those reasons include:
- There are more more younger drivers. The American Automobile Association refers to the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the 100 Deadliest Days of the year. This is because, during the summer, there are more younger and inexperienced drivers on the road since school isn’t in session.
- There are more motorcyclists. Summer is the height of motorcycle season. However, motorcycles can be difficult to spot on the road because they’re smaller than passenger vehicles. Drivers who don’t check twice may be unaware that a motorcyclist is in their blindspot. Some reckless drivers may also feel that a motorcycle doesn’t need the entire lane to drive in and may attempt to drive beside them in the same lane.
- There are more people traveling. The kids are off from school during the summer, which means parents are more likely to schedule a vacation during this time. Teenagers are also more likely to go on road trips, which puts more drivers on the road. What’s more, because the days are longer, drivers are on the road for longer periods of time than they would otherwise be during the winter months.
It’s not always possible to avoid a reckless or negligent driver. But you can take precautions to avoid the likelihood of a car accident by:
- Staying a car’s length behind a passenger vehicle and three to four seconds behind a motorcycle.
- Double checking your blind spots before changing lanes or turning.
- Giving motorcyclists the entire lane to drive in.
- Remembering not to text or be otherwise distracted while driving.
- Waiting approximately three seconds before entering the intersection to avoid drivers running red lights.
Pet owners walk their dogs throughout the year, but dog-related injuries are especially common during the summer months. This is because more people are likely to take their dogs to the dog park during the summer or they may be tempted to walk them off-leash.
Dog owners may also be tempted to bring their dogs to summer festivals and parades, which may not always be the best decision. Dogs can become nervous around many people and the loud music and noise can make them easily anxious.
For dog owners, consider leaving your pets at home in an air-conditioned space during the summer months instead of bringing them to parades and festivals. When you’re going to be gone for more than four hours, have someone stop by your home to take your dog out to use the bathroom.
Remember to always keep your dog on a leash when you do bring them out for a walk or run. It’s also recommended that your dog be micro-chipped in the event that they do run off.
It’s important that you’re able to read your dog’s body language. When your dog is showing signs of discomfort, nervousness, or anxiety, it isn’t a good idea to tell someone (especially a child) that it’s okay to pet your dog.
For those who don’t own a dog, it’s important that you remember to ask a dog owner if it’s alright to pet a dog before approaching. Quick movements or running can make a dog nervous.
It’s also important that you never approach a dog that isn’t on a leash. If you suspect that a dog may be loose, contact your local animal shelter or animal control.
Not all personal injuries during the summer months happen when you’re on your free time. Many common summer personal injuries also happen in the workplace.
Some of the most common work-related injuries that can happen due to employer recklessness or negligence include:
- Hyperthermia. Hyperthermia, or heat stroke, is a serious condition that’s caused by too much sun exposure. When your body begins to overheat, it causes major bodily functions to shut down. To reduce the risk of heat stroke-related injuries, it’s important that you’re able to work in the shade and take frequent breaks. Water should also be kept on hand and you should never work alone.
- Dehydration. Dehydration is also a common problem that occurs during summer work because of the heat and sun exposure. As an employee, you should be given adequate rest during your work and you should drink water regularly. Extra water should also be available. To keep an eye out for dehydration, remember the symptoms include headache, dry skin, and fatigue.
- Falls. Falls increase in frequency during the summer months because of increased work outdoors. It’s important that you have the proper footwear and equipment necessary to prevent falls and other serious injuries. If you suffer from a fall while you’re on the job, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits for your personal injuries, lost wages, and medical treatment.
- Motor vehicle accidents. Car accident injuries, as mentioned previously, are one of the most common summer personal injuries overall. But they’re also a common work-related injury. Because outdoor work is more frequent during the summer months, more workers are driving construction vehicles on or around the construction site. Construction also increases the risk of car accidents among passenger vehicles because roadwork increases traffic. Unfortunately, the responsibility for damages in these type of motor vehicle accidents can be complicated.
It can be difficult to avoid work-related accidents, but it’s important to be cautious. Wear the necessary safety equipment and workwear when you’re in a construction zone or working on a project. Take additional precautions when you’re driving a work vehicle around a construction site as well and double check your blind spots.
Make sure that you’re paying attention to how much water you’re consuming, too. While your employer is responsible for your breaks and providing shade, it’s important that you’re using that time to stay hydrated and you’re not overworking yourself.
Electrolytes are also a good thing to drink but don’t substitute water for sugary beverages that contain electrolytes when push comes to shove. It’s also worth mentioning that coconut water isn’t any better for you than regular water. Stick with regular water while you’re working and make sure you, and your co-workers, are drinking plenty of it.
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Every year, approximately 2.35 million people in the U.S. suffer from injuries after a car accident. If you’ve been in a car accident, suffered from a fall, or experienced one of the other common summer personal injuries listed above, it may be in your best interest to file a personal injury claim.
The law offices of Heriberto Ramos can help you file your personal injury claims and fight for your compensation. To learn more about our legal services or to schedule a consultation, contact the law offices of Heriberto Ramos today.