The lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. wish everyone a fun and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday weekend.
And in order to have fun, you must stay safe. We hope that all North Carolinians will heed to safety tips and go out of their way to make sure this Independence Day weekend is free from preventable injuries and deaths. Avoid reckless behavior that results in injuries in Winston-Salem.
As previously documented on the North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, there will be an estimated 39 million Americans driving this holiday weekend, which leaves open the possibility of accidents, so stay safe on the roads. And as discussed on the North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, fireworks are a major cause of injuries to children, especially during holidays such as the Fourth of July. Let the professionals handle the fireworks.
Many people believe Memorial Day is the official start of boating season because the weather gets warmer and it’s the first holiday weekend of the spring and summer months. So now that we’re officially in the summer months, boaters will likely be active this weekend. If you are planning a trip out on the water, take extra precautions to be free from boating accidents in Winston-Salem and elsewhere throughout the state.
According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, there were 368,004 registered boats statewide in 2009, the most recent data available. And in that year, there were 154 boating accidents and 21 fatal accidents. The latter number represents the third-highest number of deaths on the waters in the last decade.
And according to the commission, July is the month during which the most accidents occur and is the deadliest month. In 2009, 32 accidents occurred in July and six people died that year in July.
The commission points out that operator inattention and operator inexperience are the top two causes of accidents, followed by being careless or reckless and congested waters. The majority of accidents occur on open motorboats, followed by personal watercraft accidents.
So, avoid catastrophic injuries in Asheville by following these boating safety tips:
- Always have enough safety jackets
- Make sure you have working boat lights
- Always notify someone when you are leaving and when you plan to be back
- Be well-rested so you can pay attention
- Never boat and drive
Among fatal accidents, alcohol use was the number three leading cause. In non-fatal accidents, alcohol use ranked 11th. This shows how much alcohol can affect a boating accident, so please designate a captain.
But if you plan a relaxing time at home this weekend free of travel, please heed to safety tips to avoid swimming pool accidents in Charlotte.
According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, an average of 26 children died of drowning between 2005 and 2009. There were 28 in 2009 and 30 in 2008.
Swimming pools may be fun and refreshing, but they can also be dangerous. Running along the edge of a pool and slipping can cause injury, as can pool drains that suck in and injure children. And keep in mind that near-drowning incidents can cause lifelong injuries as well.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these tips for swimming pool safety:
- Never leave your children alone near or in the pool
- Be within an arm’s length of a child younger than 5 in the pool
- Install a fence or lock the area to the pool when it’s not in use
- Keep rescue equipment and a phone nearby the pool
- Remove toys from the pool so children aren’t tempted to reach for them
The Carolina personal injury attorneys and wrongful death lawyers at Lee Law Offices P.A. represent clients injured in accidents throughout North Carolina, including Winston-Salem, North Wilkesboro, Salisbury and Asheboro. Call today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.
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