Accidents in Summer

The sunshine is finally here, which means that most of us will already be hurriedly making plans for the summer.

Whether it’s a job change, a summer holiday or taking a long trip in the car, many of us will be engaging in different activities when the weather is good, and unfortunately this also means that the risk of having an accident increases.

We bring you a guide to the 5 most common accidents that occur in the summer, and how you can enjoy all the great things about summer whilst protecting yourself from injury.

1. Accidents in the car

The arrival of the sun inevitably means that many of us will be packing the kids into the back of the car and heading off to the beach, a theme park or visiting family around the country. Many people are aware of the dangers when driving in icy conditions in the winter, but surprisingly it is actually summertime that poses the biggest risk to motorists.

The high influx of drivers taking to the roads during school holidays means that you should take extra caution on long trips, and leave yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going.

2. Accidents at work

Workers compensation claims at small businesses are at their peak from June-September. Back injuries, slips, trips and falls are all common in the workplace especially during summer when many businesses are hiring new members of staff. All employers should promote a productive and safe environment, ensuring that each member of staff is fully trained in safe practises and procedures.

3. Accidents in the pool

While the arrival of the sun may have you running for the pool, you should also make sure you stay mindful of the dangers around the pool.

Improper safety procedures and lack of supervision around swimming pools can lead to numerous injuries including head injury, spinal cord injury, or other types of serious bodily harm.

4. Accidents cycling

For cyclists, summer is the perfect time to ditch the car and embrace pedal power. Whether you’re cycling to and from work or taking in the countryside, make sure you’re aware of other cyclists and motorists while on the road. High visibility clothes, lights and a helmet should help to keep you protected from an accident when cycling.

5. Slips and trips

When the weather is hot, slips and trips represent a major cause of accidental death and injury. Take care around pools and decking, which can get slippy when wet and make sure you are always aware of your surroundings.

If you find yourself in an accident which wasn’t your fault this summer then make sure you contact a professional injury solicitor. Our specialist serious injury department will ensure that only an experienced, knowledgeable solicitor will deal with your claim. Get in touch to start your claim today!

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