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Does Summertime Increase the Risk of Personal Injury?

By David Hammond

New Yorkers wait through a seemingly endless amount of snow days, cold days, and overcast days until we get to summer. It really is a magical time for the state and you will see people out in droves to enjoy the season. While you are out enjoying the fine weather and the school break with your family, be sure to take care and be aware of some of the risks that summer brings along with the nicer weather. This can be a critical step towards keeping everyone that much safer.

Summertime and Personal Injuries: What Is the Correlation? 

It seems that, yes, summertime does have a heightened risk of personal injury. This is the season that has traditionally proved to show increases in the number of accidents and personal injury claims. So, as you make those summer plans and enjoy all that the season has to offer, be aware of those factors that seem to contribute to that increased risk of personal injury in the summer and take precautionary steps accordingly.

One type of personal injury incident that seems to increase in the summer is the occurrence of motor vehicle crashes. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the time frame between Memorial Day and Labor Day is a primary time for motor vehicle crashes across the country. This is likely due to a number of factors. Consider, for instance, the fact that summer brings an increased number of drivers onto the road. The weather is nice and people are on vacation, driving roads they may be unfamiliar with. They are taking trips and getting out to enjoy the weather. There also tends to be more road construction in the summer as well as more teen drivers and more drinking and driving.

Bicycle accidents also tend to be common in the summer month. Bicycling can be a great way to enjoy the beautiful summer months and, thus, tends to be a more popular pastime and form of transportation in this season. More bikes out there, more cars out there, and more pedestrians out there, combined with other factors like increased road construction, however, all contribute to the chances of a bike accident occurring. If you plan to be out on your bike this summer, be sure you are fitted with the proper safety gear, such as a helmet, and familiarize yourself with your biking route as well as the relevant laws applicable to bike riding.

Slip and falls are also a problem in the summer months. While winter may bring ice and snow, summer brings rainy days, cracks in concrete, and hazards littering lawns everywhere, including ladders, landscaping equipment, and toys. Kids are outside running around. Adults are running around trying to wrangle them. Take care when you are out and about. 

Summertime also is a common time for other personal injury accidents including:

  • Dog bites
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Electric scooter accidents
  • Amusement park accidents
  • Pool accidents

Central New York Personal Injury Attorneys

Enjoy this summer season as safely as possible. Should you be injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you can count on the team at CDH Law to protect and enforce your legal rights. Contact us today.

About the Author
David is a former military prosecutor and defense lawyer with over a decade of experience fighting for service members and their families. He served nine years and two combat tours as an active duty US Army officer, then joined the Reserves and settled down in Syracuse to be near family. Now representing people across Central New York charged with serious felonies, misdemeanors, DWIs, and traffic offenses, he puts the same level of commitment into his civilian law practice. If you have any questions regarding this article, you can contact David here.