Summer has officially arrived. In Alabama, that means long humid days, followed by longer humid nights. The temperatures are high and the mosquitos are out in full force. With all the excitement that summer brings, there is also a huge risk of accidents and personal injury during these hot months. From dangerous outdoor activities to dangerous temperatures, to barbecue accidents, summer is rife with potentially accident-prone situations. Here are a few tips to help you risk-proof your summer and avoid an accident or personal injury claim.
Summer is all about literally and figuratively staying cool. Usually, accidents are caused by quick, impulsive, thoughtless decisions. Summer feels like a time to celebrate and have uninhibited fun, however, the uninhibited nature of that summer fun may lead to accidents. If you find yourself constantly saying “yes” to risky situations, take a step back and assess how much less fun summer would be if you had to spend the rest of it in a cast or on crutches because of an accident caused by you or someone else. Summertime can be just as fun at a more chill, relaxed pace without all the high octane extreme sports like water skiing, and setting off fireworks.
Get The Right Gear
Summer is a great time to try out new things, but you need to have the right gear to help risk-proof your summer. The warm weather provides a perfect time to get outdoors and try new activities like biking, running, swimming, and boating. However, to set yourself up for success, it’s important to score the right gear that will keep you safe during these dangerous warm months. When buying new equipment do your research to ensure that your new bike or jet ski won’t malfunction and fall apart right under you. It’s also important to have the right safety gear on hand so you never leave home without it. Essential items like reflective vests for night running and biking, life jackets, and helmets all work wonders in helping to avoid accidents and injuries this summer.
Hit The Open Road
Many people think that unfamiliar locations are dangerous. And while it’s true that heading somewhere that you’ve never been before opens up the opportunity to be injured by something new, taking a vacation also puts you on your guard. Many accidents occur simply because you are so comfortable that you are unaware of the dangers, or feel more comfortable taking risks in a more relaxed environment. Exploring an unfamiliar setting will make more attentive and cause you to take fewer risks, while still having a fun and exciting summer.
Emergency Contacts Are Key
If an accident or injury does occur, it’s important to know who to call. What would you do if you couldn’t get access to your contacts because your cellphone did not have signal? What we recommend is storing your information as a note on your mobile device and have a handwritten, laminated copy on you as well. Details that should be document would include:
- ICE (In Case of Emergency) Details
- Poison Control Center Details
- Local Animal Control Details
- Water / Power Company Details
- Insurance Details
- Personal Injury Attorney Details
A personal injury attorney can help you by handling complex court cases with their years of expertise.
You can do everything possible to risk-proof your summer, but accidents can and do happen. As the temperatures rise, so do your chances of being injured in a summertime accident. Make sure to keep the information of Tim Fleming Law handy. Tim has been a personal injury attorney for over 30 years and he has the experience you can count on.
Contact us today by calling us at (251) 304-0888 or by filling out our online contact form. If you’ve been in an accident or caused one, we might be able to help. We’ll get in touch with you as soon as we can to assess your situation.