The Most Common Summer Personal Injuries
June 12, 2022
The summer months mean that certain kinds of accidents increase in frequency. With people getting out and about to enjoy the warmth, there are more opportunities for personal injuries. Here are some of the most common summertime personal injuries to be aware of and protect yourself from.
Car Accident Injuries
While car accidents happen year-round, crash rates tend to noticeably rise during the period between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. Some of the reasons for the increased rate of car accidents during the summer include:
- More younger, inexperienced drivers hit the road, since high school and college students are not in class and are more likely to be out driving to and from summer jobs or driving around to events, or hanging out with friends
- More motorcyclists hit the road to take advantage of better riding weather, which can lead to accidents with drivers who may not know to look out for smaller, harder-to-see motorcycles
- More vehicles are out on the road, as people travel around town to summer events or go on road trips or vacations; in addition, the longer daytime hours means that people stay out longer
Some of the most common injuries suffered in car accidents include:
- Lacerations and bruising
- Ligament sprains and muscle/tendon strains
- Nerve injury
- Herniated discs
- Internal injuries and bleeding
- Head and facial injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
Severe car accidents can even lead to life-altering harm like spinal cord injuries, paralysis or amputation.
Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites and attacks are often more common during the summer when people spend longer outdoors, which may result in dog owners choosing to let their pets off leash. Dog owners are also more likely to bring their pets to festivals, parades, or other crowded occasions, which often make dogs more anxious and aggressive. This can especially be a problem when young children are around, as they can be rougher with dogs and may simply run up to one without first asking the owner if it is okay to approach and pet the dog.
Injuries that can result from dog bites and attacks include:
- Lacerations and permanent scarring
- Broken bones, particularly in the hands and feet
- Nerve damage
- Muscle, tendon, and ligament injury
- Viral and bacterial infections
Many kinds of work, including landscaping, construction, and agricultural work get done in the summer. As many of these industries are more dangerous than other kinds of work, summertime workplace injuries can be particularly dangerous. Some of the most common summer-related work injuries include:
- Hyperthermia, also known as heat stroke, which is a condition that occurs when your body begins to overheat and can no longer regulate temperature; this can cause organ function to begin to shut down. Hyperthermia can be avoided by taking regular breaks in the shade or in air conditioning and staying hydrated.
- Dehydration, as being active outside in the sun causes a person to sweat more than they normally would. Symptoms of dehydration include dry skin (especially dry, cracked lips), fatigue, and headache.
- Fall injuries, including broken bones, soft-tissue damage, and head and brain injuries, caused by slip or trip and falls, falls from heights or being struck by falling objects
Contact a Rochelle Park Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to an accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at The Epstein Law Firm represent clients injured because of accidents in Jersey City, Union City, Bayonne, Hoboken, and throughout New Jersey. Call (201) 380-7687 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 340 West Passaic St., Rochelle Park, NJ 07762.
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