7 Types of Accidents & Injuries to Avoid This Spring
- Spring has arrived. Let’s take the good with the not-so-good because we know warmer weather brings more accidents on the road or even more injuries to our family members at home.
- The personal injury attorneys at Wagner Reese want to reduce those accidents and injuries for all Hoosiers by helping prevent them in the first place.
- For example, we have pulled together some advice to help you avoid an accident while driving through a spring rainfall, getting your kids play equipment out, hitting the road for a family bike ride or commute to work, or even by scheduling a couple extra visits with a loved one in a nursing home to ensure they are healthy, safe, and happy all year round.
- We have seven simple tips you can share with your friends and family to make this spring season safe and enjoyable for everyone.
7 Simple Ways to Protect Your Family from Injury This Spring
For some Hoosiers, springtime is the best time of year and we might tend to agree. The snow is melting, kids are gearing up for a break from school, there are more opportunities to get outside and enjoy warmer weather, and the roads have cleared, making it easy to travel more and visit with a loved one. If your family is ready for spring and have activities planned to celebrate this new season, don’t forget to remind everyone of the importance of safety with these seven tips from the personal injury legal team at Wagner Reese.
1) Careful on The Road
Indiana springs are notorious for drenched, flooded, or wet roadways, leaving some motorist in a desperate situation for help if they decide to drive recklessly or haphazardly. One piece of advice that always warrants a reminder is to turn off cruise control if you are driving on wet roads (not yet flooded). The presence of water on the roads can unknowingly increase your vehicle’s speed and put you at risk of creating a wreck. In addition, during a spring downpour always increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you and slow down. Once water is sitting on the roadway, a hydroplane accident can happen at any time, especially if you are speeding.
2) Clean Up Your Backyard Play Equipment
The Consumer Product Safety Commission provides an analysis of injuries and deaths associated with playground equipment. The most recent report showed that from 2009 to 2014, an alarming 66 percent of playground injuries and deaths occurred at home. That said, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children with injuries associated with playground related injuries each year. So before you send the kids out to play, ensure your home playground is safe for by checking for potential hazards and following some simple safety guidelines and this easy checklist.
In addition, many playground accidents occur due to defects with the equipment itself. If your backyard playground equipment is poorly designed or malfunctions, the manufacturer could be held responsible under product liability law and you and your family could have a case.
3) Ride Easy
Unfortunately, bicycle safety is something that can easily be overlooked, especially with the excitement of the first warm weather ride of the year. During the spring, more Indiana residents will be bicycling to commute to work, for exercise, or just for fun. By law, these bicycles share the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. It is important for both bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers to be aware, alert, and attentive to keep everyone traveling on Indiana roadways safe. Before your first ride, review our suggested safety tips.
4) Plan A Nursing Home Visit
The thought of it is horrifying, but abuse and neglect of the elderly in nursing homes occurs way too often. In fact, Indiana’s long-term care is ranked as worst in the nation by AARP. This has happened due to understaffing, inadequate training, over-worked employees and/or overall negligent care. Plan a couple unexpected visits this spring to check-in on your loved one. But also remember it is always a good time to evaluate if they are still receiving the best care possible and ensure they are healthy, safe, and happy.
5) Watch Out For Dogs
We know all too well that warmer temperatures sounds the opening bell of the dog biting season. If a dog bites you, seek medical treatment immediately and try to find out if the dog is current on vaccinations so you can report the full incident to local animal control. Never agree or sign anything without letting a lawyer review it first. Keep all important information and documentation together like the names and contact information of people involved, witnesses, medical records, incident reports, and a timeline of events.
6) Travel Safely Through Work Zones
The orange cones and bright colored signs are already covering Indiana’s I-65 and the state has plans to keep road projects moving through the spring and summer months. It is everyone’s responsibility to use caution and common sense when driving through work zones. The travel can be frustrating because it may take more time, but it is important to acknowledge that it is actually the actions of most drivers that cause traffic patterns to slow in work zones. Stay alert. Be Cautious. Practice courteous driving.
7) Check For Tip-Over Hazards
Spring cleaning is likely a top priority for most homeowners, and with that will be the movement of large furniture. It’s important to remember that although TVs are responsible for nearly 70 percent of the tip over accidents each year in the U.S., they aren’t the only appliance associated with this household hazard. On average, one child dies every 10 days when a TV OR furniture falls onto him or her. Secure your furniture. Wagner Reese attorneys have covered this topic many times on the blog, but we want to remind you again to protect your loved ones with these TV and furniture tip over prevention tips.
Happy Spring! Please share these tips with the people you care about.
Wagner Reese Attorneys Can Help You and Your Family
If you or someone in your family has been seriously injured by the wrongdoing of someone else this spring season, or any time of the year, the Indianapolis-based personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Wagner Reese will fight for the compensation the family deserves. Our initial consultations are always free, and we never collect fees from you until your case is settled or won.
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