4 Common Summer Injuries to Look Out For
Warm summer weather brings many Americans outdoors for cookouts, pool parties, and more. Despite how beautiful summer weather can be, the summer season is not without risks. At Wettermark Keith, we tend to see certain types of injuries happen during the regular summer months. Here are a few that top our list.
#1: Car Accidents
Though car accidents can occur at any time of the year, we see an uptick in car accident cases at the very start of summer, and well into the long summer months. Unfortunately, Memorial Day marks the start of what experts call the “100 deadliest days” for teenage drivers.
In 2012, nearly half of all car accident fatalities between Memorial Day and Labor Day were teenagers. In fact, teenagers are more likely to be involved in a car accident because:
- They’re most likely to be driving with friends in the car.
- They’re most likely to be texting while driving.
- They have a greater likelihood of drinking and driving.
- They’re more likely to be driving to a new destination, i.e. a road trip.
If you’re the parent of a teenager, it’s important that you stress the importance of vigilant driving with your teen, to help them prevent accidents in the summer months and long after.
#2: Lawn Mowing Injuries
Summertime brings forth a lot of rain, which gives your grass ample time to grow, and gives you a pretty steady lawn mowing routine. When lawn mowing equipment is defective, a simple chore can turn into a dangerous situation in a moment’s notice. Every year, 80,000 Americans are injured in lawnmower accidents.
In some instances, these accidents are caused by faulty or defective equipment. In other instances, lawn mowing accidents can be caused by striking unseen rocks or debris in the yard.
#3: Insect Bites and Stings
Alabamians are quite familiar with the nuisance and hum of mosquitoes––especially in the hot, humid summer. Besides how annoying they are, mosquitoes bring along a host of dangerous diseases, including West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus.
Make sure, when you’re outside after dusk, you wear light colored clothing, and apply plenty of insect repellent.
#4: Grilling Injuries
Most people don’t associate grills with injuries, but grilling injuries are actually a bigger issue than you’d think. A study back in 2009 proved this case, as 18,000 people were sent to the emergency room for injuries sustained while grilling outside with their families. In most cases, the victims had severe, and sometimes life-threatening, burns.
Another seemingly harmless culprit for grilling injuries? Grill brush bristles. Grill brushes are designed to fit between the crevices of your grill’s grates to clean up gunk and leftover residue, but they can also slough off and become lodged in your throat or stomach––posing a major health risk.
In some cases, grill brush bristles can make their way into your lower intestine and cause perforation, or a hole in the wall of your gastrointestinal tract.
Personal injuries can cost you thousands in medical bills, and even more in loss of quality of life. If you were injured in an accident of any kind, you deserve a personal injury lawyer who can help you get back on your feet again. Call Wettermark Keith today and our personal injury lawyers will do the rest.