School’s out, the days are long, and summer is in full swing. For many people, now’s the best time of the year, and the thought of winter brings feelings of dread and denial (can’t it stay summer forever?). But while summer may be undeniably pleasant, injury rates tend to increase during the summertime, too. Here’s an overview of some of the most common summertime personal injuries and accidents, as well as some tips for staying safe. If you are involved in an accident this summer, our personal injury attorneys at Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. can help. 

Drowning and Near-Drowning Accidents

Summer in Massachusetts means that heading to the water, whether that be the beach or the pool, is essential for staying cool. But spending time in and around water means an increased risk of drowning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that over a 10-year period in the United States, there was an average of about 10 drowning-related deaths per day reported. Children are the most at-risk group; approximately 20 percent of people who die from drowning are children under the age of 15. If you’re heading to the water this summer, make sure children have taken swim lessons, stay sober, and use flotation devices when needed. 

Motor Vehicle Accidents

The risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident increases during the summer months. There are a few primary reasons for this:

  • Construction projects – There are more roadside construction projects during the summer than during the winter.
  • Teen drivers – Because they’re out of school for the summer, more teen drivers are on the road during the summer. Lack of experience and judgment behind the wheel increases the risk of crash.
  • More congestion thanks to road-trippers. Most people reserve their vacation time for the summer, which means it’s not uncommon to see beachgoers, campers, and road-trippers unfamiliar with the area on the road. A lack of familiarity and an increase in traffic both increase the risk of an accident. 
  • 4th of July. America’s birthday is one of the most dangerous, with an uptick of motor vehicle crashes and fatalities reported on this holiday most years, most of the time related to drinking while driving. 

To reduce your risk of car accident this summer, put distractions away, plan your route in advance, and always, always drive sober. 

Amusement Park Accidents

Heading to Six Flags New England or CoCo Key Water Park may be a great way to spend the day, but be aware of the risk of amusement park-related injuries. Ride-related injuries and slip and fall accidents are real threats. In fact, there were about 30,000 amusement park-related emergency room visits reported in 2016. If you do decide to ride, follow height requirements, keep limbs inside the ride, use safety belts and other securement devices, and always follow instructions. 

Call a Trusted Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer

If you’re involved in an accident this summer that is caused by the negligence of another party, you may have a personal injury case. In order to learn more about what you’ll need to prove to recover damages and the types of compensation available, call our experienced Massachusetts personal injury lawyers at the offices of Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. today for a free consultation. Reach us at 617-973-9950 or send us a message online.