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Personal Injuries Commonly Sustained in the Summertime

As Long Island’s summer months approach, many people are eager to enjoy the warm weather and engage in their favorite outdoor activities under the sun. 

However, engaging in more activities in the summer months can increase your chances of suffering a personal injury. These injuries can range from minor scrapes and bruises to severe injuries with long-term consequences. The costs of some injuries can be paid for by the at-fault party with the help of a personal injury lawyer.

Personal Injury Claims and Liability in New York

Personal injury claims can arise whenever you become injured due to another person’s negligence or intentional actions.

In New York state, victims must prove that another party was negligent and their negligence caused the injuries. Under New York statutes, successful negligence claims must establish the presence of three principles:

  1. Duty of care existed
  2. Someone breached that duty
  3. Resulting injury or bodily harm occurred  

Determining liability in personal injury claims often involves many moving parts. As such, every personal injury claim is unique and requires meticulous preparation by a seasoned attorney. 

Personal Injuries in the Summer 

The summer months are some of the busiest and most exciting across Long Island. School is out, the sun is shining, and thousands of New Yorkers take to the streets, parks, and seaside to enjoy the best time of the year.

However, more people engaging in outdoor and recreational activities increase the likelihood of personal injuries:

Slip and Falls

Slip and fall accidents are quite common in the summer months, especially around swimming pools, the beach, lakes, and other areas prone to wet or slippery conditions.

By law, property owners must keep their premises safe. They can be held liable for slip and falls due to their negligent actions.

Summertime Traffic Accidents

With more cars on the road in the summer for road trips and family outings, traffic accidents and injuries are more common. This also includes accidents involving motorcyclists and bicyclists, as the mild weather brings out more casual riders.

Negligence, speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence can lead to severe injuries and fatalities. Analysis conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety determined that summer was one of the two deadliest seasons for car crashes across the United States.

Dog Bites

Dog bites can occur at any time, but they can be expected in the summer months because more people spend time outdoors with their pets and leave pets unattended in yards. 

New York state has strict liability laws regarding dog attacks, which means that the dog owner is generally responsible for any injuries caused by their pet.

Boating Accidents

In New York state, claims for boating accidents are governed by the same legal principles as car accidents and other personal injury claims. Boaters must operate their vessels safely and responsibly and may be held liable for injuries resulting from their negligence in the water.

Common causes of boating accidents include operator inexperience, excessive speed, alcohol and drug use, and equipment failure. Boating accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, from minor cuts and bruises from a minor crash to severe head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and even drowning.

Contact a Long Island Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you sustain an injury while engaging in a summertime activity, don’t hesitate to contact Kohan Law Group and speak to a personal injury lawyer. Our attorneys represent accident victims throughout Nassau County, Long Island. 

We’re devoted to holding negligent parties responsible and working tirelessly to recover your financial and emotional losses. Whether you were injured by a dog bite or slipped while spending the day at your local pool, our team is here to help.