Summer presents a number of unique risks and dangers. With more people
out and about and more activities, there are a lot of ways accidents and
injuries can occur. At The Dunnion Law Firm, we’ve seen trends in
the cases we get during the summer, and many involve water-related accidents,
traffic accidents, and outdoor-related injuries.
Although the negligence of others can make it difficult to avoid an accident,
there are a number of things you can do to keep yourself and your loved
ones safe. To help you enjoy the summer safely, our
personal injury lawyers have put together a few basic tips.
Water Safety – Cooling off in the water is the hallmark of summer. Whether you’re
at the beach, the lake, or the
pool, it is always important to make safety a priority. You can achieve this
by making sure you and your loved ones have a strong command on swimming,
supervising children when near water, not swimming alone, installing fences
around pools, wearing life jackets when on the open water, and avoiding
alcohol when boating.
Driving – Roads and highways see more traffic during the summer months, and
because many drivers are on vacation, they may not be familiar with your
local roadways. Always drive with caution in traffic and increase your
following distance. Whether you’re on a long road trip or not, always
make sure to avoid distractions, get enough rest, and never drive under
the influence so as to avoid preventable
Grilling Safely – Summer is not complete without enjoying the barbecue. If you plan
on grilling, do so safely by grilling in a controlled environment away
from structures and flammable material. Be careful when using lighter
fluid and always monitor children near the grill.
Outdoor Activities – Enjoying time outdoors during the summer is great, heat exhaustion
and dehydration are not. Be mindful of weather conditions and the heat
when scheduling outdoor activities or sports practices – if possible,
schedule these for the morning or evening. Make sure you and your children
wear sunscreen and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing, never leave
children unattended in parked cars, and seek immediate medical care if
anyone is experiencing symptoms of heat-related illness.
The Dunnion Law Firm hopes these tips will help you and your loved ones
enjoy all that summer has to offer without injury. Unfortunately, we know
that even precautions don’t preclude you from harm caused by the
negligence or wrongful acts of others. If you or someone you love is injured
due to another’s actions this summer,
contact us to discuss your rights and how we can help you navigate the claim process.