Top 5 Common Summer Time Accidents
As the weather heats up and people enjoy spending more time outside with family and friends around the grill or by the pool, certain accidents are more common. While car crashes are more common during the warmer summer months as families travel, there are other risks to consider.
Here are our Top 5 summer season injury risks to be aware of and our advices on your potential for liability should an accident occur on your property.
Accidental drowning – as people spend more time outside at pools and water parks, the risk naturally increases for water-related injuries, specifically drowning. Sadly, the Centers for Disease Control reports that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children between ages 1 and 4. Almost 400 deaths per year may be attributed to drowning in a pool or spa, according to the U.S. Consumer Safety Administration. Even more concerning, almost half of all drowning deaths in young children occurred at a private residence. Homeowners must be hyper vigilant to guard their property. In most state, including Texas, homeowners can be held liable for injuries to children who trespass on property and are injured as a result of that trespass because they can’t appreciate the inherent risks posed by the hazard (e.g. a pool). Check gates and locks surrounding your property to ensure that both are in good working order and will keep children away from hazards such as your sparkling swimming pool.
Slip and fall injuries – Property owners can be held liable for slip and fall injuries if the injuries are caused by negligence on the part of the property owner to ensure safe conditions. One area where this may be especially concerning would be outdoors in a semi-private pool such as at an apartment complex or condo complex or in a complex, office building or other semi-public space where the property owner has failed to maintain the property. Slipping and tripping may seem innocuous, a straightforward accident that is nobody’s fault. However, falls can be the result of someone else’s negligence.
Grilling accidents – According to the National Fire Protection Association, the summer months – May, June, July and August – are the most common for grilling related injuries. Grilling injuries can result from the negligence of the operator or even from defective products. If either of these instances occurs, a qualified personal injury attorney can help evaluate your case and determine if you should pursue a claim.
Food poisoning – While most cases of foodborne illness do not warrant a lawsuit, occasionally there are instances where the person or entity could be held liable for their negligence. Food poisoning personal injury cases are difficult but not impossible to prove. To bring a personal injury suit in relation to a food poisoning incident, you would need to have racked up significant medical bills in relation to your illness.
Fire works – According to the Consumer Public Safety Commission, nearly 13,000 people are injured each year in fireworks related accidents. As summer heats up, so do the celebrations. If you are hurt because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against the person responsible for your injuries. The majority of fireworks injuries are not serious and generally the fireworks used are legal. Especially when the fireworks aren’t legal, the person responsible for your injuries could be held financially liable.
Accidents happen. While the majority of accidents are fairly innocent, there are exceptions. If you’ve been hurt because of someone else’s negligence, reach out for a free evaluation of your case.