Summer is fast approaching and many of us are looking forward to holidays, lazy evenings in the garden and weekends at the beach. If you’re eager to avoid accidents during the summer, such as slips, trips and falls and road accidents, here are some tips to help you enjoy a memorable summer for all the right reasons.
The most common accidents during the summer
Common types of accidents during the summer may include:
- cycle accidents
- road traffic accidents
- slips and trips
- falls from height
- drowning and water-based accidents
- travel accidents
Injuries and ailments, such as strains and sprains, sunburn and heat stroke, may also be more common, as people tend to spend more time outside, the weather is warmer and many of us are more active.
Preventing accidents during the summer
The last thing you want it to spend your summer with your leg in a cast or recovering from a dreadful holiday accident. Here are some top tips to help you stay safe during the summer holidays, minimising the risk of accidents during the summer:
- always wear a helmet when cycling
- if you’re cycling at night, wear high visibility clothing and use your lights
- when driving in residential areas, look out for children on bikes and kids playing outside
- always pay attention to the speed limits
- give yourself plenty of time if you’re going on a road trip; check traffic reports and avoid travelling at peak times
- always carry out basic checks on your car before you set off on a long journey
- wear sun cream and a sun hat if you’re outdoors
- avoid the midday sun on a hot day
- stay hydrated
- stick to designated safe swimming zones if you’re visiting the beach
- supervise children at all times when playing in the sea
- wear suitable footwear when hiking or trying outdoor pursuits
Can I claim compensation for a slip or trip in a public place?
If you were not at fault for the accident and you have evidence to support your claim, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to secure a no-win no-fee* payout. Gather the relevant information together and get in touch.
Our lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, and on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice