Summer in Pennsylvania is a wonderful time to be outdoors with family and friends. Whether you are celebrating a summer holiday, birthday, or other special event or if you are simply enjoying being outdoors, you need to take precautions to avoid summer accidents.
Avoiding Common Summer Accidents
You may not be able to avoid all summer accidents. However, by taking some precautions, you may be able to reduce your risk for these common summer accidents:
- Motorcycle Accidents and Car Accidents — Motor vehicle accidents are common throughout the year; however, during the summer months, there can be an increase in traffic-related accidents. More families are traveling for vacation, motorcyclists are enjoying the beautiful weather, and more pedestrians are out enjoying a run or walk. More teen drivers are on the road and summer is one of the most dangerous times for teen drivers.
- Injuries and Burns from Fireworks — Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day are all celebrated with fireworks. Fireworks can be extremely dangerous, especially for children. When using fireworks this summer, make sure to follow safety practices and read all instructions by the manufacturer.
- Bicycle Crashes — Summer can be dangerous for bicyclists too, especially for children. Summer months usually increase the number of bicyclists on the road. Distracted driving and speeding are common reasons for bicycle accidents with motor vehicles. Both bicyclists and drivers should pay careful attention during summer months to avoid a terrible accident from happening.
- Sunburns and Heat-Related Illnesses — Being outdoors during the summer months can increase your risk of suffering severe sunburns or developing heat-related illnesses. Using sunscreen, staying hydrated, and knowing the signs of heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses can help reduce the risk of serious injury.
- Food Poisoning — Backyard BBQs, festivals, parties, and other outdoor activities can increase the risk of foodborne illnesses. When food is not kept at the right temperature, stored correctly, or handled correctly, food poisoning can occur. Follow safety tips for avoiding foodborne illnesses during summer months to reduce your risk this summer.
- Animal Attacks — Dog bites and other animal attacks can increase during summer months when children are outside more and exploring larger areas. Caution your children about the dangers of dogs and other animals.
Steps to Take After an Injury This Summer
Some summer accidents are simply unavoidable accidents that are not the fault of another party. However, some accidents are the result of negligence, carelessness, or recklessness. If you are injured in an accident this summer, the steps you take after your injury can have an impact on your ability to recover compensation from the negligent party who caused your injury.
After you seek immediate medical attention for your injury, you should consult with a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney to explore your options for filing an accident claim. If your accident was caused by a defective product, negligent driver, careless property owner, or another reckless party, you might be entitled to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain, and suffering.
Contact The Travis Law Firm toll-free at (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our attorneys. Your first appointment is free, so it does not cost you anything to get the legal advice you need to make a decision that could greatly impact your future.