Staying Safe from Personal Injuries During the Summer Months

Over the summer, the longer days and pleasant weather beckon many of us outdoors to engage in our favorite activities. Biking, hiking, and spending time at parks and recreational facilities are all fun, healthy activities, but you do need to be on guard against accidents and personal injuries that can occur. A Virginia personal injury attorney understands that there are certain types of accidents that definitely see a spike in occurrence during the warmer weather. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in an accident caused by another party, call our office to see how we can help.

Pedestrian Accidents

Walking is a great way to keep physically fit, an environmentally friendly form of transportation, and allows you the opportunity to slow down and better experience your neighborhood and the local community. When you are out having a stroll, whether on nearby streets or when headed to farmers’ markets or other outdoor venues, pay attention to your surroundings.

You are more at risk depending on where you live. For example, urban areas are known for having a high rate of pedestrian accidents, which prove fatal for thousands of people each year. Pay particular attention in parking lots and when crossing intersections, which is where most accidents occur.

Bike Accidents

Cycling is also a fun form of recreation, and many people throughout the Virginia Beach area rely on two wheels to get to and from work or school. Unfortunately, bike accidents are another common problem in our area. Take the steps to protect yourself by paying attention on the roads, riding with the flow of traffic, staying in bike lanes when possible, and wearing a helmet at all times.

Water-Related Accidents

Depending on where you live or visit in the state, you likely have different types of waterways, such as the ocean, lakes, and rivers, that provide numerous ways to cool off on warm summer days. When swimming or surfing, make sure to bring a buddy with you and go to places where you are familiar with the currents. At pools, make sure there is a lifeguard on duty. If you enjoy being on the water rather than in it, take a boating refresher class. Be wary of using alcohol as well. Even if you are not the boat captain, being under the influence makes you more likely to lose your footing or to engage in behavior that makes accidents more likely to occur.

Slips and Falls

Whether you are wandering through local markets, neighborhood parks, or hiking, keep an eye on your footing. Wearing the appropriate shoes, stay in marked areas, and get medical attention immediately in the event a slip or fall occurs. In stores, be aware that condensation from air conditioners can make floors slippery, and take extra care, particularly at entrances and exits.

Speak to a Virginia Accident Attorney

All accidents have the potential to permanently change the trajectory of a person’s life. If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by another party, talk to a Virginia personal injury attorney from Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp to find out all your legal options.

Accident injuries should not be ignored, and you deserve compensation for your suffering. Our firm has more than three decades of experience successfully advocating for injured victims and their families. We will work diligently to get you the financial compensation you deserve, like the $235,000 settlement we obtained for one client who had suffered serious injuries when another driver failed to yield.

Call our office today to schedule a free and confidential consultation. We can evaluate your case and determine what type of compensation you may be entitled to.