Summer has finally arrived here in Chicago, with warm weather and longer days. With longer days and more time for fun and recreation, Chicagoans enjoy being outdoors. However, summer fun can also put you at risk for accidents. We want your summer to be safe and injury-free.
Just as there are certain accidents that happen more during the winter—slip and falls, car wrecks from ice and snow—there are certain accidents that occur more frequently during the summer.
Common summertime accidents
Here are five of the most common accidents that can cause personal injury each summer:
- Swimming pool and water-related accidents. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages, and one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Even pool accidents that don’t result in fatalities can result in catastrophic injuries like brain trauma, spinal injuries, or coma.
A swimming pool owner must take certain safety precautions to prevent accidents from occurring. Some of these precautions include installing pool gates, fences, and drain covers that meet current safety standards. Additionally, parents and caregivers should never leave children unattended around a swimming pool, and they should keep children away from pool drains or other hazards.
- Bike accidents. As the weather gets warmer, many locals like to bike to work, or go riding on the weekends for fun. Motorists can be careless when it comes to paying attention to cyclists, so ensure you’re always wearing a helmet and keep aware of traffic.
- Sports injuries. Outdoor sports like baseball, softball, or soccer are popular for both kids and adults, but also pose a risk for head or brain injuries. Remember, if you or your child suffer a head injury, no matter how minor it may seem, always consult a medical professional and avoid going back to play until you’re cleared by your doctor.
- Car accidents. Road trips are a summer tradition, and that means more cars on the road. However, that also means an increased risk for accidents. With more summer parties and barbecues, there may be more drunk or fatigued drivers, putting you and your family in danger. Remember to drive with caution. It’s also a good idea to ensure your vehicle is always in good operating condition and up to date on maintenance before embarking on a trip.
- Motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle accidents may be less common than car accidents, but they can be much more severe. Because motorcycles are much smaller, and riders are less protected than other vehicles on the road, if they’re in a crash, the driver can suffer severe injuries. Riders should wear helmets for their own safety and to protect themselves from head and neck injuries. Many motorists are unaware of how to safely share the road with motorcyclists, so it’s important to be aware of your surroundings when out on your bike.
The Chicago personal injury attorneys at Gainsberg Law want you to enjoy your summer. If you find yourself hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, we can help you seek compensation. Get in touch with us today through our contact form, or by calling 312.313.1621 to schedule a consultation.