Summer Vacation Injuries

Summer is supposed to be a time to get in some fun and relaxation, but injuries and illness can put an end to your good times and at great expense. If your injury or illness was caused by someone else’s negligence or a defective product, you may be able to recover substantial compensation to pay for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and more. You’ll need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to win your case.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Whether you are travelling or staying in your own area, you can’t get away from the risk of summer accidents. There are many factors that contribute to summer accidents including:

  • Driving in unfamiliar areas can lead to confusion, distraction, and unfamiliarity with the local rules of the road.
  • Young people, inexperienced drivers, are out of school and driving around in hoards.
  • Hot weather makes tires more prone to blowout.
  • Hot weather also increases road rage.
  • People are out partying, and not just at night, meaning more drunk and hungover drivers on the road.
  • Those on longer trips suffer from driver fatigue.

Heat Injuries

Sunburn, dehydration, and heatstroke can all land you in the hospital or worse, they often come in combination during the summer. Stay hydrated, wear plenty of sunscreen, and be on the lookout for signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion including:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weakness and/or confusion
  • Heavy sweating
  • Pale or cold skin

Sports and Recreation Injuries

Resist the temptation to take on physically challenging sports and recreational activities if the most adventure you’ve had in the last few years is couch surfing. Injuries from not being in good physical shape or from tackling equipment and activities you have no training for can stay with you for years to come. If you’re going to try waterskiing for the first time in your life, get someone with experience to give you some lessons. Don’t go it on your own. And, if you’re playing in the water, stay sober.

If you have been injured during your summer vacation or by tourists who have flooded your area, don’t wait until it’s too late to take legal action, talk to McPhillips Fitzgerald & Cullum LLP, right away to protect your right to full compensation. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.


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