Newburgh, New York residents are known to frequent Bear Mountain State
Park, Little Stony Point Park, Clarence Fahnestock State Park, and Schunemunk
Mountain State Park. Whether hikers from Poughkeepsie enjoy the outdoors
locally, regionally around the Hudson Valley Region, or else ware in the
state, safety should always be practiced.
Experienced Newburgh personal injury attorneys are all too familiar with the injuries related to hiking accidents. The
statistics are enlightening as to the frequency of injury and in regard
to the types of injuries that hikers sustain.
Nationally, injuries that result from hiking are incurred by 6.3% of all
persons injured while performing outdoor recreational activities. While
this percentage may seem low, hiking is the third most common cause of
injuries in relation to all injuries attributable to recreational outdoor
activities. Only snowboarding and sledding lead to more injuries. Many
of the injuries are caused not just on trails, but
due to negligence at lodging sites, rest stops, or benches provided within the state park
in the middle of the woods.
Out of all injuries incurred while performing outdoor recreational activities,
the most common are fractures and sprains. This includes fractures to
the arms and legs as well as the head and neck. Almost 7 percent of all
injuries attributable to these activities lead to traumatic brain injury.
In regard to fractures, 27.4 percent of injuries fall into this category.
23.9 percent of the injuries are sprains. 52 percent are injuries to the
arms and or legs, while 23.3 percent are to the head or neck.
In New York, there are approximately 200 yearly searches for persons lost
or stranded in the wilderness. The longer one is exposed to the elements,
especially when not adequately supplied and equipped, the greater are
the chances for injury or even death.
So how do hikers increase their safety? Consider the following advice:
- Notify friends and or family members about your plans. Tell them where
you plan to hike and when you plan to depart and complete the hike.
- If the trail has a visitor log at the trail head, always sign in with your
name, the names of your compatriots, the time you arrived and your estimated
length of stay. Also sign out when you leave.
- Know the weather forecast.
- Of course, always be prepared for the trip, physically, mentally, and with
- Wear appropriate clothing and bring a pack with extra clothing.
- Carry a compass, map, and even a GPS device.
- Have flashlights, batteries, and even a flare gun.
- Be aware of surroundings and landmarks.
- Bring food and water; enough for the expected duration of the hike and
more as a precaution.
- Have blankets and waterproof matches.
- Bring your phone, wear a watch, and never leave behind your wits!
Learn more about how camping accidents can be the result of another’s
negligence in the latest article by our trip and fall attorneys
available by clicking on the link here.
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