Warm weather, longer days, school vacation, and holidays mean more people are out and about across the Hudson Valley. Families and kids may be spending time in pools and waterparks to stay cool. Even those who are going about their normal day-to-day work have to deal with the increased traffic during the summer. Unfortunately, there may be an increased risk of certain types of summertime accidents or injuries.
Car Accidents in the Summertime
There are generally more cars on the road for longer periods of time during the summer. This includes tourists visiting the Hudson Valley who may be unfamiliar with the roads and traffic patterns. Many younger drivers are out of school or home from college driving around with friends who can distract them from safe driving. There may also be a higher risk of impaired drivers, especially around holidays like Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day.
According to AAA, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day have higher rates of traffic fatalities involving teen drivers. These are known as the 100 Deadliest Days. The causes of these accidents can include speeding, distracted driving, and impaired driving.
Motorcycle Rides in the Summer
The scenic roads throughout the Hudson Valley are popular for motorcycle riders, especially during the summer and fall. However, other drivers may be distracted by nature, looking at a map on their phone, or dealing with screaming kids in the backseat seat. Distracted driving always presents a safety risk, though more so for motorcycle riders who do not have the protections that car passengers have.
There are also more bicyclists on the roads in the summer. Longer days and nicer weather provide the opportunity for amateur cyclists and casual bike cruisers to get out and about. However, sharing the road with much larger and faster vehicles, SUVs, and trucks can put cyclists at risk of a serious injury.
Motorcycle riders, drivers, and cyclists in New York can suffer serious injuries as a result of a car accident, motorcycle accident, or getting hit while walking or riding a bike. If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident in Kingston, NY or in the Hudson Valley, contact an experienced personal injury firm to find out your rights and options for recovering compensation.
Amusement Parks and Water Park Accidents
Many families take their kids to amusement parks or water parks during the summer. Unfortunately, some parks contain safety hazards that put innocent children at risk of injury or harm. Potential injuries can include slip and fall injuries, neck or back injuries from defective rides, or lack of safety precautions.
Drowning accidents peak in the summertime. Drowning is often preventable by taking safety measures to keep small kids out of pools and actively supervising children swimming. Other swimming-related accidents include slipping and falling on a wet surface, neck injuries from diving into shallow water, or boating accidents related to reckless operation or an impaired boat operator.
With more children running around on summer vacation, and dog owners out taking their animals for a walk, there may be an increase in dog bite injuries. According to a study looking at child dog bite injuries, dog bites involving facial trauma can include bite wounds to the cheeks, lips, nose, and ears, however, even seemingly minor dog bites can present a serious infection risk and should be looked at by a doctor.
Personal Injury Attorneys in Ulster County, New York
The lawyers at Ryan Roach & Ryan, LLP have successfully represented clients suffering personal injuries in the summertime and throughout the year. Our personal injury attorneys will work with you to investigate your claim, identify all parties responsible, and provide guidance through the legal system.
To discuss your concerns with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney, call (800) 901-2525 today for a free consultation. We charge no attorney's fees unless we successfully resolve your personal injury case.