Summer is a time for fun, recreation, and relaxation. With the warmer weather and longer days, people are enjoying more outdoor activities. But summer can also put individuals at risk for various personal injury accidents. At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our Chicago accident and injury lawyers are dedicated to promoting safety and helping the victims of personal injury accidents obtain the financial recovery they deserve.
The following list details some of the more common summer accidents and ways to prevent them:
1. Swimming Pool Accidents. Drowning is the sixth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages, and the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Even those swimming pool accidents that do not result in death can result in long-term disabilities such as brain injuries, memory loss, learning disabilities and a permanent vegetative state, according to the CDC. Swimming pool owners are obligated to provide a safe swimming area by taking certain precautions to prevent swimming pool accidents from occurring, such as installing pool gates or fences and using drain covers that comply with latest safety standards. Parents and caregivers should avoid leaving a child unattended around a swimming pool and keep children away from pool drains and other entrapment hazards.
2. Auto Accidents. As more people take to the road during the summer months, it is important to remember to obey the rules of the road and drive with caution. It is incredibly important to avoid driving if you have been drinking since drunk driving accounts for approximately one-third of all fatal car crashes. Motorists should also watch for and obey road construction signs and detours. Drivers should take care to keep their vehicle in safe operating condition by checking fluid levels, changing belts and tires, and maintaining proper tire pressure.
3. Motorcycle Accidents. Although motorcycle accidents are less common than auto accidents, they are considerably more severe. Motorcyclists should obey the rules of the road, avoid tailgating and lane splitting, and use caution when approaching road hazards. Additionally, motorcyclists should always wear a helmet. One in five motorcycle accidents results in head or neck injuries, which can be reduced by the proper wearing of an approved helmet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a motorcyclist not wearing a helmet is 40% more likely to die from a head injury if in a motorcycle crash than a motorcyclist who was wearing a helmet. The CDC estimates that helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69% and, in 2008 alone, more than 1,800 lives were saved by the use of helmets.
4. Bicycle Accidents. Many Chicago residents choose to bike to work and for recreation as the weather warms. It is incredibly important that bicyclists wear a properly fitted bike helmet, use designated bike lanes, and watch for motor vehicle traffic.
5. Sporting Injuries. Warm weather sports like baseball, soccer, and football provide a great deal of enjoyment for adults and children alike, but sports-related head injuries are much more common than one might think. If you or your child suffers a sports-related head injury such as a concussion, physical activity should be avoided until a medical professional approves the resumption of sports play.
The Chicago personal injury attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC are committed to helping the victims of personal injury accidents obtain financial recovery for their injuries. If you have been in a personal injury accident, contact us at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago personal injury lawyers.