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The Most Common Summertime Personal Injury Claims

Summertime Injuries

Summer is traditionally a time to enjoy the weather and be carefree. However, it is also a time that sees many personal injury cases. If you or someone you care about has been injured due to someone else’s careless or negligent behavior, you may be able to seek damages from the responsible party. Here is a list of some of the most frequently seen summertime accidents and a few tips to help prevent them.

Pool Accidents

Drowning accidents can happen to anyone at any time, in public, private, and backyard pools. However, children are the most likely victims of swimming pool accidents, making it the second leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and fourteen years of age.

Always take precautions if you have a pool in your backyard. Make sure it is enclosed with a secure gate to help prevent unintentional drowning. Never leave a child unattended in any pool, including public pools with lifeguards on duty. The guard is responsible for the safety of all swimmers and cannot be expected to watch your child as well as you will.

Adults should stay out of the pool while drinking. An accidental fall can turn deadly when a person hits their head on the way down.

Bicycle Accidents

Bikes take to the roads in the summer months in great numbers. When cycling, always pay attention to where motor vehicles are in relationship to you, watch for hazards on the road as well as on bike paths and trails, and always wear a helmet. When you are driving your car or truck, always watch for bicycles, especially on designated bike routes.

Car Accidents

During the summer months, more drivers are on the road heading to vacations and other recreational destinations. This increases the chance of being involved in a car accident. Always obey the rules of the road, never drive drunk after leaving a summer picnic or ballgame, and don’t text your friends while driving. You will enjoy your summer a whole lot more by avoiding accidents and injuries.

Motorcycle Accidents

Warm weather makes summer the perfect time to ride. However, just like bicyclists, motorcyclists must be vigilant and hyper-aware of their surroundings. They must never rely on other drivers to pay attention to their whereabouts. If you are going to ride, drive safely and avoid swerving in and out of traffic. Always wear a helmet and other protective gear to lessen impact if you are involved in an accident.

Contact Shea Law Group

No matter what time of year you become injured, a serious injury can be devastating. At Shea Law Group, our team of personal injury lawyers in Chicago, IL is here to help. Give us a call at (877-365-0040 to discuss your case. You have nothing to lose by setting up a free, no-obligation consultation, and we never charge a fee unless we recover damages for you.