North Carolina's four-season climate and mild winters make outdoor activities popular year-round. Some activities are more common in the summer months, and these could cause fatal injuries to teenagers and children. Whether a toddler is playing a shallow kiddie pool or a teen driver is only driving a few miles from home, here are a few tips to help reduce summertime accident injuries:
- Seat belts greatly increase chances of surviving a crash. North Carolina law mandates every person in a vehicle must be belted or restrained. According to the Centers for Disease Control, auto accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. Seat belt use can help prevent fatal injuries.
- No texting. Texting while driving, and even texting while walking, is responsible for a number of avoidable accidents.
- Bicycle accidents are one of the top reasons children visit emergency rooms. Proper helmets, when worn correctly, are the most effective to minimize damages from head trauma in a crash. North Carolina law requires bicyclists under the age of 16 to wear a helmet. However, according to Safe Kids Worldwide reported that less than half the children ages 8 through 12 said they wear a helmet each time they ride a bike.
- Speed and alcohol are the most common factors in auto and boating accidents for all age groups.
- When it comes to swimming, never swim alone. According to SKW, drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children under the age of 14. Parents should supervise young children, even in a backyard plastic pool. Drowning can happen in just a few inches of water.
Children and young adults who suffer nonfatal accident injuries are at risk for long-term impairments. Young accident victims who have not physically matured yet are still in an important state of development. Injuries during childhood development might be minor or long-lasting. Medical experts can be consulted on an injury case to determine what, if any, long-term requirements and care might be necessary for the young victim. Present and future healthcare costs could be factored into the claim.
Summer in North Carolina can be beautiful, relaxing, and fun. Our Raleigh injury lawyers hope that wherever you spend your summer across the state, that you make it safe as well. Enjoy the beach, the mountains, or your backyard or community pool--do so with your own safety and the safety of loved ones in mind.