With summer comes great weather and more people actively out and about, which unfortunately means more personal injuries. There are a number of accident and personal injuries more likely to occur in the summer for a number of reasons that include more people around, more vacation times, more outdoor sports and more distractions that keep fewer people focused on their surroundings.
The following are some of the most common Florida personal injuries that happen in the summer.
Most people associate the risk of car accident injuries with bad weather such as when it’s cold or raining. However, there is a high risk for car accidents in the summer due to the sheer volume of people driving, and in Florida that risk is higher with tourists who aren’t familiar with the roads and traffic patterns.
It’s important while driving in the summer to practice basic road safety: wear your seatbelt, focus on your surroundings and don’t use your cell phone. Texting and driving is banned in Florida, and while talking and driving is not illegal in this state, it simply isn’t safe.
Hitting the water is an ever-popular activity for Florida summers, but it’s important to be safe. Swimming personal injuries can occur when people swim in risky areas (sometimes when there are no posted signs or lifeguards to warn of the risk), through lifeguard negligence, or in public pools or water parks that are contaminated.
Florida has the second-highest rate for bicycle wrecks and accidents in the country. If you’re planning on getting some cycling in this summer, make sure that you take the appropriate safety precautions. As an advocate of bicycle safety, Baron & Herskowitz provides several bicycle safety tips that can help you prevent accident and injury.
Slips, trips and falls
Among the most common types of summertime injuries are slips, trips and falls which often occur on slippery surfaces like decks or pool sides. They might happen at a public or private pool, a water park, or any number of places where potentially slippery surfaces can get and stay wet.
Since more people play sports in the summer, more people end up with sports injuries during this time. Sports-related injuries can happen while playing any type of sport, so if you’re in a public place such as a beach, park or recreation area, look for potential areas or obstacles that can cause injury before playing sports.
During the summer months, there is plenty of traffic on Florida waterways, and that can lead to boat accidents. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the boating laws for the state, as well as whatever waterway you’re taking a boat onto, so you can protect yourself by lowering your risk of an accident.
If you suffer personal injury in Florida this summer…
Despite all precautions and safety tips you might follow, you may still wind up in an accident or become injured this summer. If you are injured through another person or entity’s actions, inaction (negligence), or failure to follow laws, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to compensate you for the injury, as well as lost time and pain or suffering.
The experienced Miami trial lawyers at Baron & Herskowitz have successfully handled personal injury lawsuits of all kinds. If you’ve been in an accident or injured, contact us today to discuss the details of your case.