The summer season brings longer days and warmer weather. Kids are released from the confines of their classrooms and get to spend their days being children. As children say goodbye to their homework, and hello to the pool, they recognize that the season can be a truly blissful time of year. Among the many entertaining events that come along with the sunshine are water sports, time at the beach, and full days of outdoor activities.
Unfortunately, these childhood past times can often lead to injury. Whether a day in the sun leads to a minor sunburn or dehydration or a sporting event ends in an emergency room visit, childhood injuries often occur during the summer months. While Californians are fortunate enough to have nice weather throughout most of the year, the added free time that summer brings certainly contributes to the number of injured children each year. Should your child have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, call our experienced team for a free consultation.
What are the Odds of My Child Being in an Accident?
The leading cause of death and disability in children under the age of thirteen is accidental injury. During 2006, 26,361 children in the United States were hospitalized with nonfatal injuries. In the State of California in 2009, 1,982 children died from these injuries. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that bicycles caused 151,024 head injuries that required emergency room treatment. In addition, skateboards led to 18,743 emergency room head traumas while non-motorized scooter incidents caused 15,622.
The leading cause of death for children between one and four years old in California is drowning. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that burns and fires are the fifth most common causes of accidental death in both children and adults. This type of injury causes about 4,000 deaths each year in this country. Suffocation, drowning, and motor vehicle accidents are the leading causes of unintentional fatalities in children under the age of one. The number one leading cause of unintentional death for all children from five to nineteen years old is a car accident.
How Can I Protect My Child From an Accident?
Taking simple steps to protect children enjoying summer fun could mean the difference between returning to school in the fall with stories of family vacation and returning with stories of the emergency room. California legislators have listened to the research presented by these agencies and used it to create legislation. Because of the high risk of head trauma related to these accidents, California law mandates that all children wear proper fitting helmets when riding bicycles, skateboards, non-motorized scooters, and roller skates.
When children don’t spend their days in classrooms, they often spend more time in cars. Recognizing the number of motor vehicle accidents that result in a childhood fatality, it is critical that children be properly secured in the car. As drowning results in many injuries every summer, stay safe during water time activities. Life jackets are required for any boat passenger under the age of sixteen. Never use pool toys or water wings as a substitute for a life jacket.
When your child suffers an injury, you suffer too. If your child’s summer vacation is disrupted by carelessness that leads to an injury, speak with one of our personal injury lawyers today.
Injury Trial Lawyers, APC
1230 Columbia Street #560
San Diego, CA 92101