New Jersey Summers Are Nicknamed “Trauma Season”
Summer is here! For most, that means breaking out the swimming pool, trampoline and bicycles. It means enjoying the outdoors. It means heading down to the Jersey Shore. Unfortunately, it also means a much greater risk for injuries and accidents to occur. In fact, the summer season is so accident-prone that many hospital ERs call it “trauma season.”
Why are you more likely to get injured during the summer? What are the common causes of summertime incidents? The answers and more are below.
Common Types of Summertime Injuries
According to expert medical professionals, the increase in accidents is extremely predictable. One trauma surgeon, Barbara Gains, explains that “when we turn the clock ahead,” accidents are around the corner. Here are the common types of injuries that occur more in the summer:
- Water-related injuries
- Bike/pedestrian accidents
- Lawnmower injuries
- Burn injuries
- Slip, trip and fall accidents
- Trampoline injuries
- Amusement park accidents
- Motorcycle, dirtbike and ATV injuries
- Car accidents
- Dog bites
The prevalence of these types of injuries nearly doubles in the summertime months compared to the winter period.
Causes of Summer Accidents
Why do people receive more injuries during these months? According to experts, the main reason is that people are more active, outside more and take more risks during these months. This fact is true for both adults and children. Children, however, are also given more time to have unsupervised access to the outdoors during these months, so they’re a lot more likely to get injured.
Accidents involving bicycles, motorcycles, motor vehicles and pedestrians all seem to increase because more people are actively out and about. More individuals ride these recreational vehicles during the warmer months, so more accidents are to be expected.
Water-related and trampoline-related accidents also increase during these months. Most of these accidents are caused by either negligence or a lack of knowledge about the dangers of these activities. Swimming pools can be extremely dangerous when parents are not vigilant about their children’s safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), drowning is the second leading cause of death for youngsters aged one to 14-years-old. Trampoline accidents are also a lot more frequent than you’d expect. Most parents are completely unaware that trampolines pose a serious danger to young children. The risk is so high that the American Academy of Pediatrics discourages getting a trampoline for recreational use.
Contact a Edison Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Summertime Accident Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a summertime accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A. represent clients injured because of summertime accidents in Newark, Elizabeth, Edison, Woodbridge, Toms River, Brick, Middletown, Union City, Piscataway and throughout New Jersey. Call 732.709.7992 or email us to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 1862 Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ 08820, as well as offices in Brick, Freehold and Point Pleasant.
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