Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers: Potential Summer Safety HazardsJune 17, 2015
Summer is a time to look forward to vacations and relaxing outdoors with family and friends. Unfortunately, it is also a time when emergency rooms are at their busiest. Baltimore personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton want this to be a summer to remember – for all of the right reasons. We have compiled a few of the most prevalent summer safety hazards, as well as what you can do to keep you and your family safe and happy this summer.
Every year in the U.S., the number of car accident fatalities spike during the summer months. Increased vehicle traffic is the leading cause of this frightening trend, but other factors include: a higher number of inexperienced teen drivers on the road; more people driving in unfamiliar areas; and an uptick in drunk driving accidents.
- Always wear a seat belt and make sure all passengers are buckled up.
- Plan your route ahead of time and avoid driving during times of heavy traffic.
- Avoid distracted driving accidents by putting the phone down while driving and turning down the radio.
- As always, never drive if you are impaired by drugs, alcohol, or even fatigue.
Bicycle Accidents and Pedestrian Accidents
Whether it is for fun or exercise, many people like to take advantage of the warmer weather by heading out for a walk or bike ride. But the mix of more pedestrians and bicyclists, combined with the increase in vehicle traffic, can be a recipe for increased bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid distractions like texting or talking on your cell phone while walking or biking. If you walk or run with headphones, keep the volume low enough to be able to hear approaching cars.
- Make yourself visible. Wear brightly colored or reflective clothing. If biking at night or in fog, Maryland law requires the use of a white beam headlight and a red rear reflector. Walkers are also advised to carry flashlights.
- Bicyclists should always stay to the right side of the road and follow all traffic safety rules. For walkers and runners, the safest place to be is on the opposite side of the road, facing oncoming traffic.
Public and private pools can be a great way to cool off in the summer. However, they also play a significant role in drowning and non-fatal submersion injuries. Tragically, children are at highest risk. Last summer, at least 174 children between the ages of one and 14 drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to a report issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Of these victims, 64% were younger than age five.
- Even when lifeguards are present, designate a trusted adult to maintain a watchful eye on children when they are in or around water.
- Teach children to stay away from pool and spa drains and check to make sure drain covers are compliant with current safety standards in order to avoid entrapment.
- If a child is missing, always check the pool first.
Three out of five households own a gas grill, and while grills are great for backyard barbeques, it also means an increased risk of fires. July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by May, June and August. Every year, grill fires injure more than 16,000 Americans. Gas grills represent the greatest risk by far, accounting for more than 80% of grill fires. Following a few simple precautions will keep people safe and enjoying delicious grilled meals all summer long.
- Keep grills well away from the home and never use a propane or charcoal grill indoors.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet from the grill area during and after use. Never leave a hot grill unattended.
- Maintain your grill often. Remove any grease or fat buildup from the grills and trays below. Check hoses and connection points for gas leaks.
Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Those Injured in Summer Accidents
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an accident caused by the careless, reckless, or negligent act of another, you may be entitled to compensation. Baltimore personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton have represented thousands of clients throughout the state of Maryland, successfully obtaining more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements for their injuries. Call 800-547-4LAW (4529) today to discuss your case with one of our dedicated and knowledgeable Baltimore personal injury lawyers or contact us online. We are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day.
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