As temperatures rise and summer arrives, people across New Jersey flock to the state’s many magnificent bodies of water to cool off. Whether it’s swimming, boating, or enjoying water sports, even amid the excitement and relaxation, it’s crucial to be aware of the potential dangers that water accidents pose. From drownings and boating mishaps to pool-related injuries, summer fun on the water carries serious risks that demand attention.
In this article, we’ll discuss some of the distinct risks and common water accidents that occur during the summer season, as well as some of the safety measures you can take. If you are concerned that a water accident you have suffered was not your fault, get in touch with a Northern New Jersey personal injury attorney at Buttafuoco & Associates. We can provide a free consultation and explain whether or not you have a case.
Last month on the Buttafuoco & Associates blog, we discussed the potential dangers of recreational boating, but it bears repeating. Boating can result in falls overboard, vehicle collisions, and even carbon monoxide poisoning. Factors such as speeding, operator inexperience, and alcohol impairment contribute to collisions, capsizing, and other boating-related incidents.
Additionally, alcohol can result in slips and falls among passengers. To stay safe, follow these simple tips:
- Wear a life jacket, even if you are a strong swimmer
- Avoid alcohol consumption
- Make sure your vessel is in good working order at the beginning of the season
Boating injuries can be incredibly serious. If you have suffered an injury in a boating accident due to another driver’s negligence, a personal injury attorney serving Northern New Jersey can help you gather evidence to support your case, assist with insurance company negotiations, and help you recover compensation you need to recover.
Water Sports Accidents
Engaging in water sports like jet skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing can be exhilarating, but also hazardous. Lack of proper equipment, failure to follow safety guidelines, and reckless behavior can lead to collisions, falls, or entanglement in watercraft, resulting in injuries.
To reduce the risk of water sports accidents:
- Receive proper training and instruction in the activity at hand
- Always wear appropriate safety equipment, such as helmets and life jackets
- Avoid crowded areas to minimize the chances of collisions
- Refrain from engaging in water sports in adverse weather conditions
If you do suffer an injury while playing a water sport, make sure to seek medical attention right away. Concussions are a common head injury and can be difficult to detect without medical help.
Swimming Pool Injuries
Backyard and community swimming pools are popular destinations during summer, especially for families. Unfortunately, according to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), drowning is the leading cause of deaths for children aged 1-4.
Swimming pool accidents can occur for a variety of preventable reasons including inadequate supervision, lack of barriers or safety measures, slippery surfaces, and diving accidents.
To enhance safety pool owners should:
- Ensure constant adult supervision when small children are in or around the swimming pool
- Install secure fencing and gates around swimming pools to prevent unauthorized access
- Regularly inspect and maintain swimming pool equipment to prevent accidents caused by faulty systems
- Prohibit running or rough play around the swimming pool area to avoid slip-and-fall accidents
- Enforce strict rules against diving in shallow areas and ensure proper water depth for diving activities
Swimming pool accidents commonly cause serious injuries, including head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones. Make sure to get in touch with a healthcare professional immediately if you or a loved one suffers a serious injury at the pool. Pool accidents that happen at friends’ homes or even public pools may be due to a third party’s negligence. If you are in doubt about whether you should sue after a swimming pool accident, a Buttafuoco & Associates personal injury attorney serving Northern New Jersey may be able to help. Call for a free consultation.
While beaches offer a scenic getaway, they come with their own set of risks. Rip currents, undertows, and rough surf can pose extreme dangers, leading to drowning incidents.
To stay safe at the beach:
- Swim in designated areas with lifeguards present
- Be aware of beach warning flags and signage indicating hazardous conditions
- Do not swim alone and always have a buddy system in place
- Teach children about the potential risks and how to respond to rip currents
- Observe and respect any beach regulations or guidelines provided by local authorities
At Buttafuoco & Associates, we hope that your summer fun on the water goes smoothly, but we also understand that not every accident can be avoided. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a water accident, it’s important to seek the guidance of a personal injury lawyer in Northern New Jersey to protect your rights and pursue rightful compensation.
Call 1-800-NOW-HURT for a free consultation.