The summer solstice fell on June 20, 2020, kicking off a favorite time of year for most people. Summer in Vancouver is typically filled with plenty of get-togethers with family and friends, trips to different destinations, and an abundance of outdoor activities. After months of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, it is natural to want to enjoy the pleasant weather and have some fun during the next few months. However, it is important to be aware of the risks regarding personal injuries and the steps you need to take to protect yourself.
Personal Injuries More Common In Summer Months
While summer may be one of the most fun times of the year, it is also one of the most potentially dangerous. The National Safety Council (NSC) warns that personal injuries tend to spike between the months of June through August, due largely to the general increase in activity. Common types of accidents that increase over the summer months include:
- Car accidents: Visitors to our area, road construction, and residents taking road trips increase traffic risks, making crashes and collisions more likely to happen;
- Bicycle and pedestrians: Motorists often fail to be alert for the increased number of pedestrians and bicyclists on the road during the summer, leading to potentially serious accidents;
- Boating accidents: General inexperience and being under the influence create major risks when out on the water;
- Drownings: Fatal and non-fatal drownings can happen when swimming alone or in unprotected areas;
- Sports-related accidents: Lack of proper training, oversight, and safety equipment increases sports injury risks.
Injuries are also more likely to happen when attending concerts, fairs, and other events where there are large crowds. When the reckless actions of others cause accidents to occur, they can be held liable for the personal injuries you suffer as a result.
Personal Injury Risks Among Children
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that accidental injuries are a leading cause of death among children and young people in general under the age of 18. Sadly, the risks increase significantly over the summer months. Bicycle and pedestrian accidents, accidental drownings, and sports-related injuries are all common causes of serious personal injuries among children over the summer. Steps parents can take to reduce these risks include:
- Set reasonable limits on where children can bike, avoiding heavily congested areas.
- Make sure they wear a helmet at all times.
- Emphasize how important it is to use sidewalks and crosswalks when walking.
- Never allow them to swim alone or leave them unattended at pools or beaches.
- For sports and recreational activities, make sure they are playing on the proper surface, have safety equipment, and that coaches are qualified.
Let Us Help You Today
The reckless actions of others over the summer months can leave you or a loved one suffering serious personal injuries. At the Johnston Law Firm P.C., we protect your rights in filing a claim. Call (503) 546-3167 or contact our Vancouver personal injury attorneys online to request a consultation today.