Summer driving is just around the corner! As you drive to go on vacation, visit family and friends, and enjoy outdoor gatherings, are you being safe while driving, too? According to national statistics, the months of July and August are two of the months that are most highly correlated with car accidents and car-related deaths. Additionally, teenage drivers are especially at risk for accidents during these months, too.
Summer presents a great opportunity to enjoy time outside with family and friends. Sometimes, these outside activities can also pose risks. This is especially true for activities where you are more exposed to the risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI). When you and your loved ones are outside, it is important to remember the following tips to avoid summer injury:
Accidents and injuries tend to increase during the summer, especially for children. Do you know that many common injuries occur where you may least expect them? According to one hospital's website, ER visits increase significantly during the summer. Many of these injuries occur as a result of children getting into accidents, such as falling out of windows (whether they have screens or they don't). Fire pits are also a common place for injuries, as are lawn mower accidents, swimming accidents, and pedestrian accidents. The time around dusk can be particularly dangerous for children out playing, since it may be more difficult for others to see them walking, biking, and rollerskating on the streets.
In continuing on prior blog posts, it is important to be aware of the unique dangers and hazards that the summer weather can bring. Some of them might be familiar to you, such as drowning, heat strokes, and bike accidents. However, did you expect to see fireworks, food poisoning, and playground injuries to be among the list of top summertime hazards? All of these accidents possess potentially painful, serious, and/or life-threatening injuries. If they are caused at the fault of another person, it may be time to seek legal counsel.