Summer Safety

Austin, TX Summer Accident Safety

Summer is a lot of people’s favorite season – and for good reason. If you’re a student or teacher, you have a couple months where your only worry is if you should spend your day relaxing or being active. Although some of us don’t have that luxury, we still get to enjoy weekends picnicking in Zilker, swimming at Barton Springs, and relaxing while floating the river. Although summers in Austin come with many perks, there are some risks that come with common summer activities. It is also a time of drinking, moving, and sunburns. McMinn Law Firm sees a lot of injuries during the summer time, so learn how to be safe and avoid injury while doing common summer activities.

Boating Accidents

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Boating comes with a variety of dangers and numerous potential accidents that people must be aware of. 10 people die every day from unintentional drowning and boating accidents result in 40 deaths a year in the state of Texas. When boating make sure that:

  • Everyone is wearing a life vest, especially children under 13, as is required by Texas law.
  • The person operating the boat has a boating license.
  • Someone on the boat is CPR certified.
  • You are not boating during hazardous weather conditions.

For more information on boating safety, as well as swimming safety tips, check out our safety tips here.

Motorcycle Accidents

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Motorcycle accidents and injuries are unfortunately common. One major factor in injuries is not wearing the proper gear. This summer, don’t pass on wearing gear that could save your life because it is hot out. Always wear a helmet, long sleeves, pants, and proper footwear. And just to motivate you to properly gear up, here are some Motorcycle statistics:

  • Motorcycle accidents have decreased substantially over the last two years from 5,312 in 2008 to an estimated 3,600 in 2010.
  • The average engine size in 1990 was 769cc compared to 959 cc in 2001. As engines sizes increased 24 percent, deaths over that same period increased roughly 55 percent.
  • 60 percent of deaths from single vehicle accidents occur at night and many of them are the result of failing to properly navigate a curve
  • According to one study, the recent decline in motorcycle deaths is the result of fewer recreational riders following the recession
  • More than 96 percent of motorcycle accidents result in some kind of injury to the rider
  • There were 463 motorcyclists (operators and passengers) killed in 2014. Fifty percent (50%) of motorcyclists that were killed were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

For more on proper attire and safety tips, check out our post on Motorcycle Safety. For tips on Motorcycle Insurance Coverage and what to do after an accident, read here.

Bicycle Accidents

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Many people opt for biking in the summer in order to get some fresh air and avoid wasting precious time sitting in traffic. But, due to the heat, biking can be very dangerous. Here are some quick tips for biking in Austin:

  • When biking, follow all driving rules
  • Ride as far to the right as safely possible
  • Use hand signals when turning and stopping
  • At night, use bike lights and reflectors
  • Always ride with the flow of traffic

Moving Injuries

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Summer is a common time to see people moving in and out, especially around the college campuses. But moving during the summer can be even more dangerous, especially in the Austin heat. There are 9 moving steps that you need to follow:

  1. Protect Your Back
  2. Timing is Key: Avoid the Sun
  3. Stay Hydrated
  4. Be Careful on Busy Streets
  5. Be Cautious on the Sidewalks
  6. Wear the Right Shoes
  7. Use the Right Tools
  8. Invest in a Heavy Duty Lock
  9. Make it Fun

If you are moving, just listing these tips is not enough. Make sure to check out our 9 Moving Musts for a more in depth look at safely moving in Austin.

Child Injuries

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There are many ways children seem to get injured, and many alarming statistics that come with childhood injury:

  • In the U.S. 9.2 million children are hospitalized annually for unintentional injuries ranging from car accidents to dog bites.
  • 12,175 children 0 to 19 years of age died each year in the U.S. from an unintentional injury.
  • Accidental injuries are the number 1 cause of death for Texans between 1 and 44 years old.
  • Injury death statistics vary by region. In the South fire/burn and transportation death rates are higher than in the northeast.
  • The leading causes of injury death differ by age group, i.e. suffocation for infants and motor vehicle accidents for teens.
  • Falls are the leading causes of non-fatal injuries for children under 15.
  • The death rate for boys and men is around 2 times higher than that of females.

For more information on specific child injuries and ways to prevent them, read Child Injury Stats and Facts.

Austin Dog Bite Injuries

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Dog bite injuries have become increasingly common, especially in the Austin headlines. If you are ever approached by an unfamiliar dog, please do the following:

  1. Know and Look for Signs of Aggression or Fear
  2. Stop Jogging and Walk
  3. Stand Still When Approached
  4. Don’t Make Eye Contact
  5. Never Run Away
  6. Back Away Slowly

For more tips on avoiding dog bite injuries, please read our post on Dog Bites Stats and Facts.

Austin Boat and Car Accident Lawyers | McMinn Law Firm

Any of the previous scenarios sound familiar? Well McMinn has handled them all. McMinn has been around the block, and knows how to handle any type of accident case from start to finish. If you are in need of representation, McMinn Law Firm’s accident attorneys are available by phone, live chat, or web form 24/7.