Common Types of Accidents During The Summer Months
Swimming, hiking, jet-skiing, cycling, and a whole lot of other summer activities equal summertime fun. On the other hand, this also means that there are also a wide variety of ways people can get injured, whether through their own fault or another person or entity’s negligence. Below are some of the most common types of accidents that occur during the summer months.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
A spokesman for the National Safety Council (NSC) says that for almost all age groups, motor vehicle accidents are the top cause of injuries and death during summertime. During the summer months, more vehicles travel across the country for more miles, and it’s common for these drivers to be young adults and teenagers, who are particularly susceptible to car accidents. In turn, June to August have the highest motor vehicle death rates, the NSC adds.
Between 3,500 and 4,000 people in the U.S. drown every year, with the bulk of these drownings occurring during summertime. Some people drown due to undertows or rip currents and/or failure to wear a life jacket, while others drown due to unexpected health emergencies, including severe cramps and heart attacks. Some people also drown because of a lack of safety precautions in swimming pools, such as a lack of lifeguards, inadequate lighting at night, and insufficient safety warnings, among others. Still, others choose to swim in unfamiliar waters, injuring their heads and other body parts.
Likewise, boating can put people at risk of drowning. According to a report by the U.S. Coast Guard, there were 767 deaths from boating accidents in 2020. Furthermore, drowning is the leading cause of death in deadly boating accidents, not counting personal watercraft like jet skis. Open motorboats are involved in most of these boating fatalities because speed and recklessness often play a huge role in these kinds of accidents.
Sports and Other Summertime Activities
All sports are associated with different types of injuries. For instance, if you play football, you probably know that you have an increased risk of sustaining more serious sprains and head injuries than if you were playing tennis. Also, if you run or hike, you know that it is very easy to fall or slip and injure your ankle, knee, or calf. What all summertime activities and sports share is the possibility of suffering injuries.
Moreover, the Mayo Clinic reports that approximately 200,000 people in the U.S. die from injury every year. The report also found that summer months are the worst times for injuries and point to motocross, ATVs, and boating as top causes of injury. Additionally, bicycling could be a perilous summer activity since most cycling accidents result in serious head injuries.
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