Spring in western Massachusetts is a cause for celebration. Mild or brutal, the previous winter’s exit draws us out of doors in greater numbers for longer hours. But with this welcome change comes increased cases of springtime accidents. Let’s take a look at the most common causes, and how to prevent them.
Top Four Types of Accidents
Statistics show the following are the most common causes of accidents in the springtime:
- Slips, Trips and Falls: Hazard spots include broken stairs, liquid spills, slippery surfaces, cracked sidewalks or walkways, uneven pavement and loose carpeting. If accidents occur due to poor property maintenance or lack of warning of dangerous conditions, property managers and owners may be held liable.
- Bicycle Accidents: With the ice melted away, bike owners of all ages get itching to escape the house and hit the road. Wearing reflective clothing or lights, using hand signals and obeying the rules of the road can help protect bicyclists from motorists, who must also exercise greater caution this time of year.
- Dog Bites: Without snowdrifts and frigid weather to navigate, dogs and owners alike take to the streets and sidewalks. But you should know your dog, anticipate their behavior, and protect people and other pets from potential bites. Use muzzles or other restraints when walking dangerous dogs, and understand your liability in cases of dog attack injuries. Children, in particular, can be seriously injured or worse.
- Playground Injuries: As any parent knows, kids at play mean accidents happen. Faulty playground equipment or facilities can lead to serious injuries. City agencies and private property owners should inspect and maintain the condition of their equipment regularly.
Fall into Good Hands
With a bit of seasonal maintenance and safety-minded precautions, you and your family can enjoy your time outside this spring. If you’ve been injured as a result of another person’s negligence, you should understand your rights.