Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Common Personal Injury Cases in Summer

The summer season is well known for being busy, active, and adventurous. People of all ages are glad for the warm weather, and get the seasonal itch to get outdoors and stretch their wings. While it's great to have some summer fun, you don’t want to forget that some summer activities can come with a certain level of risk of injury. Here are a few common injury types that have people calling a personal injury lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks during the summer.

Car Accidents

During the summer months, you don’t have to contend with the risky driving weather that snow and ice bring - but that doesn’t eliminate other risks. Summer driving can be a common time for accidents, and according to an old study by the Insurance Information Institute, August had the highest number of accidents. Nicer weather means that more people will be out and about, which can increase the risk of car accidents. Some of these accidents can include more teen drivers on the road since they aren’t in school, as well more people being out for summer parties, family reunions, and summer vacations. More summer parties can also mean that more people could be drinking and driving, as well.

Heat-Related Injuries & Illnesses

Spending time outside on incredibly hot days can mean that it’s even more important to take steps to prevent heat stroke. If you are an employer with employees who work outside, it’s incredibly important to make sure that your staff (specifically construction workers or landscapers) are taking proper precautions to stay cool and hydrated. According to OSHA, more than 40% of heat-related worker deaths occur in the construction industry.

If you are an employer, it will be your responsibility to make sure that your outdoor workers are protected from the heat by providing access to water and shade, as well as the opportunity for plenty of breaks.

Bicycle & Motorcycle Accidents

The beautiful weather makes it nearly impossible for cyclists of all kinds to not get out on the road. From motorcycles to a standard bicycle, it is very easy for riders to become the victim of an accident. Because bicycles and motorcycles are less visible and other vehicles, drivers need to be on high alert for cyclists during the summer months. If you are a cyclist, one of the best things you can do is to wear proper safety gear and fits, use reflectors, and have a good helmet.

Boating Accidents

At the Lake of the Ozarks, it’s no surprise to see hundreds and thousands of boats out on the water, especially during the peak summer months and busy holiday weekends. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much for a fun day on the water to turn dangerous - especially when drinks are involved. Alcohol use is one of the top factors in fatal boating accidents, so if you are operating the boat, you’ll want to skip the alcohol. Even if your passengers are good swimmers, you’ll want to make sure that they always wear life jackets while on board.

Playground Accidents

The weather s nice, the kids are out of school, and it’s the perfect time to burn that extra energy off. It’s not uncommon for parents and caretakers to take kids to the playground, but every year, tens of thousands of children are rushed to the emergency room because of injuries that came from playing on a playground. Many cases come from children simply playing around, however, many of them also occur because of issues with the playground equipment. This could be caused by the equipment not being maintained or it could be because there isn't enough surface protection to keep kids safe if they fall. Make sure you take a look at any playground equipment before letting children play on it, just to make sure things are safe and secure.

Personal Injury Cases at the Lake of the Ozarks

Mishaps and accidents are not always avoidable, and they can lead to injuries which may fit within a personal injury case. If you have been injured, it’s important to call your Lake of the Ozarks lawyer, to see how we can help you through this challenging time.

Remember, your initial consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is always free.

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Gibbons Law Firm
2820 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B4
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 348-2211

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