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Protecting Kids and Teens From Injury During the 100 Deadliest Days of the Year

Protecting KidsSummer is best known for its smells, sounds, and experiences. Unfortunately, those endless days also come with a risk. In fact, summer is known as the 100 deadliest days of the year. Even worse is that children and teens are often the victims of these personal injury accidents. Learn how to keep your kids safe this summer with help from the following information.

On the Road

Of all the deaths and injuries that occur during summer, those related to car accidents are the most common. This is partly due to the increased number of teen drivers on the road, but it is also related to an influx of general traffic, drunk drivers, and distracted drivers. Parents can encourage teens to stay safe on the road by enforcing year-round rules, such as not driving with too many friends in the car, keeping cell phones off while driving, and not speeding or driving recklessly (this includes driving while intoxicated).

Various applications and safety devices, such as cameras and plug-in devices that alert parents on their smartphones can also be used. Curfews that take drunk driving hours into consideration can also be helpful. Setting the example can also be crucial to your teen’s driving habits.

In and Around Water

From the beach to public swimming pools and water parks, water is central to summer. Sadly, the water is also responsible for numerous deaths and injuries to children. Accidental drownings, which may occur if a pool area is not properly secure, electrocutions, which can be caused by unmaintained pool lighting systems, and unsupervised pool parties are just a few of the likely causes.

To reduce the risk of drowning, all children should know how to swim. It is also advised that parents ensure that there is a responsible adult present and that all supervisors know what real-life drowning looks like (hint: it is not like you see in the movies). Life jackets should be used for children who are just learning to swim, and teens should not travel to lakes and streams alone – especially if there is a risk that they may use drugs or alcohol while swimming.

When Your Child’s Injuries are Caused by Negligence

Parents have the right to pursue compensation for negligent behavior, whether it is at the home of a neighbor, while at a public pool, or while on the road. Unfortunately, the claims process can be difficult and confusing. Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP can help you through the process. Schedule your personalized consultation with our San Jose personal injury lawyers to learn more. Call (408) 289-1417 today.

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