Why Accidents Occur Most During The Summer Season
While the warmer weather means it's time for fun in the sun and we can spend more time outdoors, it's also noted as one of the most dangerous seasons of the year. Why? For one, more people are on the road traveling to get to barbecues and pool parties, graduations, vacations, road trips, and more. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in the month of July, there's a spike in deaths related to summertime activities. Here are the top six summer accidents causing injuries and fatalities.
1. Motor Vehicle Crashes
More cars are on the road during the summer season due to people being busier with toting around kids, going on vacations, and road trips. According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 9,025 fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2019 from June to August alone. Here are some reasons why car accidents occur most in the summertime
- Drivers under the influence of alcohol
- Distracted driving such as talking or texting on the phone, talking to children in the backseat, changing the radio, using a GPS device
- Driving while drowsy
- Reckless driving behaviors such as speeding, not obeying traffic signals and signs, and tailgating
2. Bicycle Accidents
More people enjoy bike rides during the summer season. Whether biking for recreation or exercise, cyclists must take extra precautions when riding with traffic. Bicycle accidents can be the catalyst to a life-threatening injury when in a crash with a motor vehicle. Some of the most common injuries that bicyclists sustain in car crashes are:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Cuts and lacerations
3. Pedestrian Accidents
Many people enjoy walking, and some may even walk to work during the summer season. Sadly, pedestrian accidents are not uncommon when the weather gets warmer. From drunk drivers to motor vehicles going through crosswalks, pedestrians crossing the street are at high risk of an accident. Pedestrians have no protection against motor vehicle crashes, and t are more prone to sustain a severe fatal injury.
4. Motorcycle Crashes
According to a National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) study, the highest hospital admission rate for motorcycle accidents happens during the summer. Motorcyclists are at an increased risk of being involved in a fatal collision with a motor vehicle since they do not have protection such as airbags or metal encasing to keep them protected in the event of an accident. Sadly, bikers often sustain traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and severe fractures after a motorcycle accident.
5. Swimming Accidents
While the pool can be a place for a splashing good time, and it's a popular activity for people of all ages, swimming pool accidents are far from uncommon during the summer season. Sadly, severe incidents like drowning or injuries occur far too often. Here are some reasons why swimming pool accidents happen:
- Lack of maintenance on pool equipment
- Unsupervised children
- Wet and sloppy areas unmaintained around the pool
- Yard and lawn equipment in and around the pool area posing tripping hazards
6. Trampoline Accidents
Although trampolines look fun, they can quickly turn unpleasant when someone gets hurt. In a September 2000 study, The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that trampoline-related injuries have tripled since 1991. The majority of injuries due to trampolines occur in children between the ages of 6 and 12. One of the most common reasons for trampoline accidents are:
- The trampoline does not have a net
- Too many children on the trampoline at one time
- Jumping from high places into the trampoline (such as roofs and ladders)
- Poor assembly of the trampoline
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If you or a loved one has suffered severe injuries due to the negligent actions of another individual, you have the right to hold them accountable and pursue compensation. We'll be here to support you every step of the way when going through a challenging time.
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