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With Summer Vacations Come Higher Risks of Accidents and Injuries

Summer vacations are a time for relaxation and fun, but they can also create situations that make vacationers prone to injuries. The most common accidents during summer vacations include slips and falls, water-related accidents, sports mishaps, car accidents and food poisoning. Understanding the causes of these injuries is important for seeking compensation from individuals who may be at fault.

Here is a primer on common summer vacation injuries and their causes:

  • Slips and falls — These accidents can happen anywhere, from hotel lobbies to amusement parks and beach resorts. Wet floors, uneven surfaces, and poor lighting are typical causes. Property owners and managers have a duty to maintain safe conditions and may be held liable if they fail to do so. If a guest slips and falls because of a hazardous condition that was not properly addressed, the property owner or manager could be responsible for damages.
  • Water-related accidents — Aquatic activities come with significant risks. Drownings, near-drownings and injuries from water sports like jet skiing and boating are common. These accidents often result from inadequate supervision, poorly maintained equipment, or the negligence of other participants. Lifeguards, equipment rental companies, and boat operators may be held liable if their negligence contributed to the accident.
  • Sports Injuries — Engaging in sports such as soccer, volleyball and softball can lead to injuries like sprains, fractures and concussions. These injuries can occur due to unsafe playing conditions, inadequate safety measures or defective equipment. Organizers of sports events, facility owners, and equipment manufacturers may be held accountable if their negligence is proven to have caused the injury.
  • Car Accidents — Summer road trips increase the likelihood of car accidents, which can result in serious injuries. Distracted driving, drunk driving and speeding contribute to these accidents. Determining fault for an accident can be central to recovering damages. The at-fault driver’s insurance may cover injuries, but if the accident was caused by poor road maintenance or defective vehicle parts, other parties such as governmental entities or manufacturers might be held liable.
  • Food Poisoning — Summer vacations often involve dining out or attending food-related events like barbecues and festivals. Food poisoning can result from improperly stored or cooked food, leading to severe illness. Restaurants, food vendors, and event organizers can be held responsible if it is proven that their negligence in food handling or preparation caused illness.

Identifying the responsible parties and proving their negligence is essential for obtaining compensation. In personal injury cases, the injured party must demonstrate that the defendant owed them a duty of care, breached that duty, and caused their injuries as a result. If you or a loved one suffers harm because of the negligent or willful acts of other parties, an experienced personal injury attorney is indispensable in obtaining appropriate compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other related costs.

The attorneys at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP in St. James, New York have nearly eight decades of combined experience handling personal injury claims for clients across Long Island. To learn how we can help you, call us at 631-360-0400 or contact us online.