Although Labor Day has passed and school is in session, temperatures are still warm and people remain in the summer holiday spirit. For some, this means weekends away, hours in the swimming pool, and other continued warm weather fun.
Although relaxing and enjoyable, summer activities are not without risks. To lessen the chances of an accidental injury, we have outlined some common seasonal injuries and their causes, so that you know what to watch for and avoid.
Every summer, thousands of people across the country die in drowning accidents. Non-fatal but still devastating outcomes include spinal cord damage from jumping into shallow water or brain damage from being underwater for extended period of time. Small children are especially at risk: according to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 5,000 children are hospitalized after a drowning incident, and 15% succumb to their injuries.
Many of these accidents take place in public swimming pools while others occur in lakes, hotel pools and private backyard pools. Depending on location, homeowners, property managers or municipalities may be held accountable.
Motor vehicle accidents are not unique during the summer months, but this is when they tend to peak. Safety experts refer to the time frame between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the “100 deadliest days” for teenaged drivers in particular. Data from the AAA, which tracks the frequency of automobile accidents, confirms that during this period, the mortality rate for young drivers goes up by 15%.
Parents should emphasize the dangers of distracted driving to their teen drivers. Texting behind the wheel, drinking and driving and other risky activities compromise safety on the road.
In New York, thousands of people grab their bicycles and head for parks, forest trails, and roadways. The problem is that cyclists are not always visible to motorists, and accidents occur if these drivers fail to see them due to distraction or poor visibility conditions. These incidents can cause severe rider injury and even death.
New York State is full of rivers and lakes, and for many people, no summer weekend is complete without a boating, fishing, or waterskiing excursion. Unfortunately, distracted craft operation, speeding, and other negligent actions can result in watercraft capsizing, crashing, and even exploding. Burns, broken bones, lacerations, and even drowning are often the outcome.
A summertime personal injury can leave you with months and even years of pain, mental and emotional anguish, and high medical bills. If you are hurt by someone else’s negligent or careless actions during the summer months, then contact a New York personal injury attorney who can help you protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve.
Jayson Lutzky handles New York accident and personal injury cases. Over the past 30+ years, Mr. Lutzky has helped obtain millions of dollars in compensation for his clients. His office is conveniently located in the Bronx near the 4 train. Mr. Lutzky offers free in-person consultations to those who were injured in an accident. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com/Accidents to learn more or call 718-329-9500 to set up an appointment.