The days are getting longer and the sun is starting to appear from time to time, which can only mean one thing: spring is here and summer is just around the corner. Summer is synonymous with holidays, lazy days at the beach, drinks in a local beer garden, weddings and barbeques, but in the summer months, certain types of accidents are more common. From slips, trips and falls to cycle accidents, here is a guide to the most common summer accidents and how to avoid them.
Summer accidents: Preventing public place slips, trips and falls
Public places, such as outdoor swimming pools, leisure centres and parks become very busy in the summertime, especially on sunny days. Falls are the most common type of public place accident. There should be guidelines in place to prevent slips, trips and falls in public places, but you can reduce your risk of being injured by following these simple steps:
- Wear suitable footwear.
- Don’t run around a swimming pool.
- Look out for warning signs about diving and deep water.
- Take extra care when it is busy.
- Stick to the paths if you are out and about at the local park, visiting a forest or going for a picnic by the lake, for example.
Safety on the roads: Reducing your risk of bike and car accidents
Statistics show that cycle accidents are more common in the spring and summer months, as more people are inclined to ride their bike in nice weather. If you are planning a family bike ride, you are training for a race or you’re simply popping to the shops, it’s important to wear highly visible clothing, adhere to the guidelines in the Highway Code and use your lights.
If you’re driving in the summer months, take extra care when going around or following cyclists and motorcyclists, give them plenty of room and time and keep an eye on your speed. Always keep a safe distance between your car and the vehicle in front and remember to take your sunglasses to enable you to see better in bright sunlight.
Claiming public liability compensation
If you’ve had a slip, trip or fall in a public place in the last three years and you weren’t to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a claim for compensation. The firm was set up in 2000 and employs a legal team with expertise in a range of issues, from road traffic accident compensation to travel accident claims and work injury compensation.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown