Common Summer Safety Tips

Summer sun brings in the fun; especially by the Jersey shore. The waterways and pools are filled with vacationers and roadways are filled with travelers. Summer is the season of adventures and days of relaxation. But accidents can happen at any time and at any place, so keep your summer safe with these helpful tips from our personal injury attorneys at Villani & DeLuca P.C.

Summer Safety Tips

Pool

Slip and fall injuries and drownings are two of the most common pool accidents and drowning is the #1 case of death for children ages 1-4. Remember to keep your gates closed when you are not outdoors and make any effort necessary to avoid accidents for children. For above-ground pools, close ladders and make them unreachable for children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 83% of a child’s risk of drowning is reduced when a pool is surrounded by a fence. Because when a pool owner invites guests to enjoy the premises, there is a duty to keep the premises safe. A pool owner may be held liable if a child or adult is injured due to a slippery deck, diving board or ladder.

In addition, use judgment if you plan to use the pool when you consuming alcohol. Alcohol is involved in 70% of adult deaths associated with water recreation.

Road Trip

Although the summer months may seem safer than the treacherous, icy winter driving, it is still critical to take certain precautions to avoid accidents on the roads in New Jersey including:

  • Avoid car accidents from distracted driving such as talking on the phone, texting, in-vehicle infotainment eating, messing with the music or anything else besides driving. Studies show that drivers on cell phones are more impaired than motorists who have a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content, the legal limit in New Jersey. #JustDrive
  • Watch out for more pedestrians and cyclists  on the road enjoying the warmer weather. Every seven minutes, another pedestrian is injured in a collision, according to research published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). New Jersey drivers are required to keep a minimum of four feet away when they pass bicyclists or pedestrians on roadways. So stay up to speed with the rules of the road to avoid an accident.
  • Wear your seatbelt. A seatbelt may not prevent an accident, especially one stemming from someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior, but it can make the difference between life and death in a vehicular crash. #ClickItOrTicket. It’s the law.
  • Never drink and drive. The temptation to drink in the summertime tends to be greater, so be sure to designate a sober driver. New Jersey is a zero-tolerance state; a person is considered to be driving while intoxicated (N.J.S.A. 39:4-50) who operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or above.

Dog Bites

Kids are out of school which means the risk for dog bites greatly increases. In 2014, children 6-years and younger accounted for 88% of dog bite fatalities according to dogsbite.org. Protect your child from dog bites by reminding them to stay away, stay calm and speak up. Dog owners need to know that New Jersey imposes a strict liability dog bite law (N.J.S.A. 4:19-16); the owner of a dog who bites is liable to a dog bite victim regardless of the viciousness of their dog.

On the Boat

Throughout the years, countless residents and tourists from neighboring states such as New York and Pennsylvania flock to the oceans, rivers and bays of the Jersey Shore. NJ State Police have increased their efforts to arrest BWI offenders under the national “Operation Dry Water” campaign and if you are convicted of boating while under the influence or refusal, you will lose both your boating and driving privileges. A person can be charged with boating while intoxicated while operating any sized watercraft, from the smallest canoe to the largest yacht.

When it Comes to Personal Injury Claims, Experience Matters

If you or a loved one is injured as a result of the careless, reckless, or negligent actions, you may be able to recover monetary damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Call the Villani & DeLuca P.C. personal injury lawyers at 888-389-9533 to schedule your free consultation.

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