Friday, July 8, 2022

Common Accidents in the Summer Leading to Personal Injury - and How to Avoid Them!

Summer is in full swing here at Lake of the Ozarks and that means visitors and locals alike are all spending more time on the roads and on the lake. It’s a time to make memories and have fun with family and friends. But it is also a time when there are more accidents and personal injuries. At Gibbons Law Firm, we know that nobody wants to suffer a personal injury at Lake of the Ozarks, so wanted to share with you three common ways that people are injured every summer at Lake of the Ozarks. If you would like to know how to stay safer and improve your chance to avoid sustaining or causing an injury this summer, this blog explains.

Boating Accidents

We are certainly in the middle of peak boating season right now at Lake of the Ozarks. It is an interesting scene made up of a variety of types of boats, a variety of lake activity, and a variety of driving skills and focus. Between the fishermen and women, the wake borders, the families pulling kids on towables, the cruisers, and the speed boats, there’s a lot going on out there. Every year unfortunately people get hurt, and it can occur a lot more often when alcohol is involved. That means some injuries can easily be avoided by planning ahead and having a designated driver. There are even boat captain services where you can hire someone to pilot your boat for you. The last thing you want to have happen while you’re out having fun is to be injured or to injure someone else. So keep it safe, look out for yourself and others, and don’t forget to make sure you and everyone else has their life jackets on just in case. 

Motorcycle Accidents

The Lake of the Ozarks is a prime destination location for motorcycle enthusiasts, and for great reasons. It’s a beautiful area with fun roads that twist and curve around in the beautiful Ozarks landscape. But there are also a lot of drivers here in the summer that are not familiar with the area, and the same scenery that is so fun to drive can create blind curves and hills that can be very unforgiving. It is always important to look out for motorcycles, and also for motorcycles to drive defensively and wear their safety gear. The damage done when a car or truck collides with a motorcycle is unimaginable. Again, these accidents or more likely and can be more devastating when alcohol is involved. Alcohol slows reaction time and can also cloud our judgment and even our visual perception. So don’t drink and drive, and look out for our friends on motorcycles.

Car Accidents

As we mentioned, the roads in the Ozarks have the beautiful hills and curves we enjoy so much. But we also have areas where there are no shoulders on the road, and areas that are hard to see around the hill or corner. Not to be redundant, but whenever alcohol is involved, once again, it can contribute to a larger number of car accidents at Lake of the Ozarks. It may seem like we are repeating ourselves, but the fact is, being diligent about drinking responsibly can prevent so many summertime accidents at Lake of the Ozarks.

Have a Designated Driver, and Know Your Rights!

At Gibbons Law Firm, we have represented countless victims of personal injury accidents at Lake of the Ozarks. We are painfully aware of how devastating an accident can be for someone who is injured, and how many ways their life changes forever because of that injury. So, we wanted to share some tips with you and help remind you of how important it is to drink responsibly. We also want you to know that if you or someone you know has been injured by someone else’s negligence, you deserve to know your rights and have someone that is going to stand up for you as your advocate. We understand it can be confusing and overwhelming to know where to start. That is why we offer free initial consultations, and we are happy to sit down with you and explain what your options are. Just call our law office in Lake Ozark to make an appointment. If you would like to hear more tips and helpful information from our personal injury attorneys at Lake of the Ozarks, please use the link below to follow us on social media.

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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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