Did you know that summertime has traditionally been associated with an increase in accidents and personal injury claims? As more people enjoy the outdoors during the warmer months of the summer, the risks of personal injuries typically increase as well. With the influx of outdoor recreation, following the ease of many coronavirus restrictions, the risk of personal injuries commonly associated with the summer months is especially heightened.
Beginning in Mid-March, faced with the ever-growing national health crisis, stay-at-home orders were announced across the country. With many Americans experiencing cabin fever due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic keeping them cooped up at home, more and more people have been seeking outdoor activities in the warmer summer weather.
Personal injury accidents, most commonly associated with the summer, include:
- Car Accidents – According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the peak time in Nationwide automobile accidents.
- Bicycle Accidents – One common summer pastime, especially with the lack of travel options as of late, is bicycling. Now that the weather has gotten warmer both children and adults are doing most of their travel as cyclists leaving them more susceptible to accidents.
- Slip and Fall Accidents – Summer brings wet surfaces, concrete cracks, landscaping ladders, toys or equipment left in the yard, and other dangerous conditions. With warmer weather, everyone from children to adults are out running around and are more susceptible to slip and fall accidents.
- Dog Bites – According to the CDC, approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the US each year, with children between the ages of 5 and 9 as the most frequent victims. In the summer months, animals are out more than usual. But some families forget that even the sweetest pooch can snap at a stranger or react unexpectedly at the presence of other animals.
- Electric Scooter Accidents – Since electric scooters began populating streets of some of the country’s biggest cities, there’s been a surge in emergency room visits. In fact, the CDC found the e-scooter injury rate to be 20 per 100,000 trips.
- Amusement Park Accidents – Amusement park rides (such as roller coasters, water slides, bumper cars, spinning rides, and the like) cause thousands of injuries each year; ranging from cuts and bruises to broken bones and severe head trauma.
What is a personal injury claim?
A personal injury claim is a legal motion filed through the courts, in which the injured party seeks out compensation from a second party that has caused them personal injury through either negligent action or careless action.
The knowledgable attorneys at Kwartler Manus, LLC have experience in the advisement of a variety of personal injury issues. If you or a loved one have been injured and believe you may have a claim, learn about your options for receiving recovery and relief compensation by contacting our office online or by phone at (267) 457-5570 today.