Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Comes with Risks for Accidents and Injuries

Road trips
Many families pack up their cars and take off on the highways to explore the country. While traveling by car can a great way to see many sites in one trip, it can also put you and your family at risk of auto accidents and injuries. Spending long hours on the highway alongside large commercial trucks can be dangerous, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported1 that 95,000 individuals sustained injury in truck accident in 2013 alone and an additional 3,964 died in such accidents. Additionally, people who are driving long distances can become fatigued and even run the risk of falling asleep at the wheel. Drivers who are on unfamiliar roads also have a greater chance of causing accidents. Though road trips can be a great way to spend a vacation, they also put you and your family members in danger of being injured in serious auto accidents. If an accident occurs due to the negligence of another party, you deserve to recover for all of your injuries and losses.

Injuries at hotels and resorts
No matter whether you travel by plane, train, or car, the risk of injuries does not end once you reach your vacation destination. Hotels and resorts are full of numerous amenities such as spas, pools, fitness centers, bars, restaurants, and more that all open up the opportunity for accidents and injuries to occur. Hotels and resorts have a duty to keep the premises in reasonably safe condition for all guests. However, the premises are often so large that potential dangerous conditions and hazards can go ignored or overlooked due to a lack of careful inspection. The following are types of accidents that regularly occur due to the negligence of hotels or resorts:

·       Slip and falls
·       Elevator, escalator, or stairwell accidents
·       Food poisoning
·       Drowning accidents
·       Injuries due to defective furniture
·       Toxic exposure

If you suffered an injury in a hotel because of unsafe conditions, you need an attorney on your side who knows how to take on corporate adversaries in court.

Water-related injuries
There is no question that many people flock to the beaches and swimming pools in Florida to cool off in the summer heat. While spending a day swimming in the sun should be an enjoyable experience, the pool presents the risk of injury, especially for children under the age of 14 years. According to statistics published by the U.S. Government,2 approximately 4,900 children under age 14 needed emergency treatment after a pool or spa injury and nearly 400 children died from unintentional drowning. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports3 that unintentional drowning is the number one cause of death for children from age one to age four. Many of these drownings occur in swimming pools due to a pool owner's negligence.

Drunk driving
Summer often brings an increase in barbecues, parties, and similar gatherings, especially around holidays such as Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day weekends. As part of their celebrations, many party-goers consume alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, many of those individuals then make the decision to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle to attempt to drive home. Driving under the influence of alcohol is not only against the law, but it also leads to thousands of injuries per year due to collisions. Everyone should be on the lookout for any signs of impaired drivers and should stay as far away from them as possible. If you believe that you are going to drink, find alternate, safe transportation to avoid injuries.

Call an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney for a free consultation today
Many people find their summer fun hindered by an unintentional injury. If your accident was caused by another party's negligence, you should not hesitate to discuss a possible legal claim with an experienced personal injury lawyer in St. Petersburg. At the Dolman Law Group, our skilled attorneys have helped numerous injured accident victims recover, so please call for a free initial consultation today at 727-451-6900.

Dolman Law Group
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 222-6922


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