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Summer Safety Tips
Tuesday August 18, 2015 | Staff


Summer is in full swing. Soon the beaches will be filled with swimmers; the lakes will be filled with boats and the roadways will be filled with travelers. Summer is a season of fun and relaxation for many people, but there are several things to keep in mind in order to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Today we share with you some safety tips that you can apply to ensure your summer does not end in tragedy. 


Safety on the Roadways


Although the summer months signal vacation time for many of us, it is still important to remember to take precautions when operating a motor vehicle so that your travel remains a pleasant experience. Remember at 70 miles per hour, your vehicle is covering over 100 feet per second. Your decision making and reaction time can result in your vehicle traveling a substantial distance before an avoidance maneuver can be implemented.


  • Avoid texting, emailing, or other activities that cause distractions to driving.
  • Use preventive driving techniques & use turn signals before changing lanes.
  • Before road trips check your car to be sure it is in good mechanical condition.
  • Always wear a seat belt. 
  • Never drink and drive.
  • Watch for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcycles sharing the roadway.
  • Drive more slowly in all construction zones.
  • Move over as you approach a policeman or highway patrolman stopped on the road’s shoulder.  Don’t wait until the last minute. Last minute maneuvers may result in you cutting off another vehicle.


Water Safety


Drowning is the leading cause of injury death. Every day, ten people die from drowning, and two of those ten fatalities are children under the age of 15 years. Even among those drowning victims who survive, more than half are hospitalized, with many individuals experiencing brain damage that can cause permanent memory problems, learning disabilities, or a permanent vegetative state.


To prevent drowning, adhere to the following safety recommendations:


  • Make sure everyone knows how to swim.
  • Use life jackets appropriately.
  • Provide continuous, attentive supervision close to inexperienced swimmers.
  • Know CPR (for older children and adults).
  • Install and maintain barriers like 4-sided fencing and weight-bearing pool covers.
  • Use locks/alarms for windows and doors.
  • Never swim in the ocean when rip currents or high waves are present. 


Boating Safety


Most boating accidents are caused by negligent behavior, such as speeding, alcohol use while operating the boat, careless operation of the boat, lack of attention to surroundings, lack of proper lookout, and inexperience. In order to ensure your own safety and the safety of others, boaters should obey all applicable boating laws and follow the following safety recommendations: 


  • Prepare and follow a pre-boating safety checklist.
  • Make sure there are adequate life preservers and use them correctly.
  • Avoid drinking while operating a boat.
  • Get appropriate boating education and training.
  • Obey the no wake zones. 
  • Designate an assistant skipper.
  • Be aware of the weather. If you see darkening clouds, changing winds, or sudden drops in temperature, it is best to get off the water.


Bicycle Safety


Bicyclists should keep the following bicycle safety tips in mind:


  • Always follow the rules of the road and obey traffic signals.
  • Always wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet to protect against traumatic head injuries.
  • See and be seen. Bicyclists should wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors whether riding during the day or at night, along with reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights if biking at night.
  • Keep at least on hand on the handlebars at all times and maintain control over the bicycle.
  • Watch for road hazards. If possible, avoid potholes, broken glass, puddles, and other road hazards since they can cause you to lose control of the bicycle or veer into traffic.
  • Never text while riding a bicycle. Although texting or talking on a cell phone while riding a bicycle may seem like a relatively harmless activity.  Distracted bikers may swerve into oncoming traffic and trigger an auto accident.  A distracted bicyclist could also collide with a motor vehicle on the road, potentially causing substantial injuries to the bicyclists.


At James D Wilkerson JR. P.A., we are committed to your safety as you enjoy all that summer has to bring. Do not hesitate to turn to us for legal advice for any personal injury matters or would like more tips on how best to stay safe.


If you or a loved one is injured or killed as a result of the careless, reckless, or negligent actions, you may be able to recover money damages for your losses. Contact us to schedule a free no obligation consultation to discuss your legal claim.

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