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There’s nothing we love more on a sunny summer day than heading outdoors and enjoying all that this season has to offer. No matter what you get up to when the mercury rises, let’s take a look at some ways to keep you safe while you have fun in the sun.

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Boating and Water Accidents

Summer is the best time of year to be outdoors and be active. That sunny weather just fills you with good vibes and the desire to try something new—especially in the cooling water. Even if you’re not brave enough for thrill-seeking activities like kiteboarding or wakeboarding, seemingly less hazardous summer activities can still put you at risk. Let’s take a look at some seasonal accidents that might cause personal injuries.

Summer has to be the best time to own a boat—the sense of freedom you get from taking out onto the water is incomparable. But on sunny weekends, it can seem like everyone has had the same idea. Boating accidents are very common in summer, especially in busy areas like Discovery Bay.

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Most of these are the aquatic equivalents of fender benders but some can cause damage ranging from minor bumps and sprains to more serious and potentially permanent injuries. California alone sadly sees over 500 recreational boating accidents each year, resulting in roughly 250 injuries and 50 fatalities. Even if you’re an experienced boater with your own sailboat or speedboat, you can still be injured by an inexperienced or inebriated driver—especially if your vehicles collide at speed. One unexpected jolt is all it takes to topple your balance and knock belongings onto the floor, so even minor boating collisions can lead to cuts, concussions and broken bones.

Summer is also the best time to try out water sports such as surfing, wakeboarding and even flyboarding. Beginners are more prone to injury for obvious reasons but pros are still at risk of unavoidable sports injuries and colliding with less experienced adrenaline junkies out in the surf. When you factor in all the surfers, sailors, boaters, jet skiers, swimmers and kiteboarders in the water around you, you have the perfect recipe for a personal injury cocktail.

With all these hazards in the water, you might feel safer simply lounging at the water’s edge or staying away from the beach altogether in favor of a backyard pool or even a water park. Not so fast—these wet environments are ideal breeding grounds for slip and fall accidents. With water sloshing over the tiled edges of pools, and wet swimmers dripping onto all kinds of surfaces, you should be extra cautious and always watch your step. It even seems like summer footwear is out to get us—flip flops are among the most dangerous shoes, shown to increase your risk of tripping and slipping and to even make driving a car more dangerous.

Whether it’s the ocean, a lake or a hot tub, summer just wouldn’t be summer without water. And we don’t want to put a dampener on your summer fun! We just want to make sure your summer is as safe as it can be. And if you do happen to get into a summer accident and suffer a personal injury, we’ll be by your side to get your life back on track as soon as possible.