Accidents that cause personal injuries happen throughout the year, but they are especially prevalent in summer for many reasons. Family vacations put a considerable number of more vehicles on American roads and highways. More traffic in grocery and convenience stores increases the incidence of slip and fall accidents. The number of construction projects rises substantially because of the large window of favorable weather. Activities such as cycling and water sports send more people to the nearest emergency medical centers.
Let’s discover the most common summer personal injuries that require our clients to seek compensation to recover financial losses.
The perfect storm brews in summer for car accidents. Families take annual vacations, inexperienced teens drive more because school is out of session, and more people than in any other season travel to and from special events like baseball games and outdoor concerts.
Car accidents produce a wide variety of injuries that vary in severity. Cuts and abrasions represent the minor personal injuries sustained by a motor vehicle collision. More serious car accident injuries include whiplash, brain trauma, and spinal cord damage. The seriousness of a car accident injury is often dependent on the speed traveled by the vehicles involved in a crash. Other factors such as the type of auto collision also play a role in determining the extent of car accident injuries.
As the temperatures start to warm up, the frequency and the length of dog walks increase. This means many more interactions between canines and strangers. Some dog breeds have an innate dislike for strangers and the result can be a dog lunging at a victim and placing a strategically located bite on the leg, arm, or hand. Although dog owners in a vast majority of municipalities must keep their canines on a leash throughout walks, some dog owners flout the laws by allowing their canines to move about leash-free.
Dog attacks can create serious puncture wounds that can require a painful rabies shot. A significant loss of blood can place a victim in danger of losing consciousness. Dogs also use their strong legs to scratch victims, which generates cuts and abrasions.
Even during the colder months of the year, construction sites represent the most vulnerable type of workplace to experience an accident that causes injuries. The types of construction site accidents include falling from elevated heights and prolonged exposure to toxic chemicals. Working outdoors can also lead to life-threatening heatstroke, as well as serious cases of heat exhaustion.
Trade professionals that work on road and highway projects are at risk of getting struck by a motor vehicle or construction equipment. Common summer injuries for construction workers include broken ribs, serious burns, and compound fractures caused by falling to the ground.
Slips and Falls
Hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, and convenience stores generate the highest sales volume during the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Each of the four venues is the ideal location for slip and fall accidents to occur. Wet floors near ice and beverage stations sometimes do not receive the urgent attention they deserve. The result of not removing a wet floor hazard can be one or more customers slipping and falling to the floor.
Slip and fall injuries can be relatively mild, such as sustaining a few bruises on the area of the body where it made an impact with a floor or object. However, slip and fall injuries can include compound fractures, particularly compound fractures of the wrist that result from a slip and fall victim using one arm to brace the body for impact.
Summer is the season for boating, cycling, and hiking, as well as numerous other types of outdoor recreational activities. A bicycle crash can cause serious, if not life-threatening injuries such as brain trauma and spinal cord damage. Getting involved in a boating accident produces many of the same types of injuries that result from car accidents, including painful and lingering whiplash symptoms. Hiking accidents typically involve an injury to a foot or leg, although falling to the ground while carrying a backpack can generate injuries to internal organs.