This last Monday in May we pause to honor and remember the fallen heroes
of the United States Armed Forces. Memorial Day is not a new national
holiday. In fact, formal community remembrance of fallen soldiers dates
back to the nineteenth century.
Since then the holiday has been formalized by an act of Congress that reserves
the last Monday in May for Memorial Day. Just like many of you,
our experienced Kingston, New York personal injury attorneys pause to honor our nation’s heroes who have paid the ultimate price
for our great country.
Like many other national and religious holidays, Memorial Day has become
more than what it was originally intended. Many people take advantage
of this annual three-day weekend to kickoff the warm weather and summer
fun seasons in New York.
Pools are opened and prepped for bathers; barbecue grills are dusted off
and fired up. The sounds of children frolicking in the water once again
rebound through neighborhoods. The smells of charcoal, barbecue chicken,
hamburgers and hotdogs grilling over hot coals waft from house to house.
Backyard play sets bustle with children from around the neighborhood.
Motorcycles and ATVs are cleaned and carted out of the garage. Boats are
opened and placed in rivers and lakes again. And of course, road trip
season officially commences!
Experienced personal injury attorneys see liability everywhere they turn, so many of these warm weather activities
and three-day weekends create increased risk for injury or even death.
Consider the risks of swimming. In the Hudson Valley Region of New York,
many people visit lakes for swimming. Others use their own backyard pools.
Of course, many people use public pools as well. People drown in all of
these bathing environments. Sometimes it is because of inadequate supervision
and/or poorly trained lifeguards. Other times it is because the pool and
swimming areas are poorly maintained and hazardous to bathers.
Whatever the case may be, swimmers should be cautious when swimming; follow
the rules, look out for each other, know your limits and even consider
learning CPR in case of an emergency.
Other warm weather injuries happen to children playing on backyard play
equipment and pubic park playgrounds. Let’s face it, the equipment
played on is not always inspected to look for defects, especially so in
regard to private jungle gyms. Broken bones, lacerations, skull fractures
and even traumatic brain injuries occur when children are hurt on playground
Summertime emergencies of course are not limited to swimming accidents
and playground injuries. The roadways in New York will see increased traffic
starting from Memorial Day weekend up through to the end of Labor Day
weekend in September. More motorists and pedestrians on the roadways will
equate to more accidents and injuries.
With this in mind, roadway travelers should leave early and drive more
slowly to their destinations. Know that traffic will be congested and
bring along some extra patients. Consider taking a less congested route,
even if it will take longer to get where you are going. Always be mindful
to obey all traffic rules. For example, do not speed, do not text while
driving, and do not drive drunk.
Lastly, remember that motorcycles are on the road again. Motorcycles are
harder to see; so be sure to be on the lookout for motorcycles on the
road. Bikers should take care to wear helmets and other safety gear to prevent
motorcycle injuries. Consider taking a refresher course on defensive motorcycle driving that
teaches safety techniques as well as informing bikers on the latest safety
equipment that is available. Just like motorists, bikers should pay mind
to traffic conditions and traffic regulations.
A safety first mentality also applies to off road vehicles such as motor
cross bikes and all terrain vehicles like four wheelers. Riders on these
vehicles should wear helmets and other safety equipment. They should also
ride on safe and sanctioned trails and never on private property without
the owner’s permission.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. If you or a loved one has been injured
in a personal injury accident, please do not hesitate to
contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878), or by using the convenient