Chris Brasure
By: Chris Brasure

Most Common Summer Injuries In Texas

Personal Injury

Summer in Texas is a great time for having fun, but there are serious injuries that can occur. Read here to learn about the most common summer injuries.

With summer on its way, this is a great time for planning family trips, fun outings, and much more. But with this season comes an increase in certain summer accidents that can result in serious injuries. 

It should be noted that when you are injured as a result of negligence or due to a defective product, a skilled attorney may be able to help you earn financial compensation for your injuries. 

Here are some of the most common summer injuries our Texas personal injury law firm handles:

Car Accidents

Summertime means there will be more people having fun with their friends and enjoying a nice cold beer on a hot day. However, some people drink too much alcohol and proceed to drive on the roads. Drinking and driving is very serious and should always be avoided. While we can’t predict the actions of others, we must always be cautious when sharing the roads with others.

Burn Injuries From BBQ Grills And Fireworks

Texas is known for its barbecue, but cooking this delicacy can come with a price. For example, did you know that grease dripping from unsupervised barbecued meats can cause fires? In fact, statistics show that thousands of people have been burned in barbecue accidents every summer and have even had their houses burned as well. 

Another common summer injury is burns from fireworks. In 2015, approximately 12,000 people went to emergency rooms in the United States for fireworks-related injuries, with one-third of those injuries being children under the age of 15. A majority of these injuries happened near July 4th and resulted in injuries to head, legs, arms, feet, and hands. 

Injuries From Lakes, Rivers, And Waterfalls

Texas is home to some of the nation’s most scenic rivers, lakes, and waterfalls. While a day on the river can be a fun outing for the family, you need to know that there are some serious risks involved. There are rivers and waterfalls in this state that have very sharp boulders that are framing the rapids and at the bottom of these falls.  

Another big risk is high water speeds because they can push you underwater, and you can drown very easily. Cliff-diving, jumping off of waterfalls, or swimming too far from floatation devices can result in broken bones, abrasions, and even drownings. 

Boating Injuries

There is nothing like taking your family out for a day on the boat, but it should be known that boat accidents are increasingly common during the summer. This is due to factors such as large bodies of water, areas that have higher populations of boats than others, sharp boating equipment, and much more. 

It is very important to be aware of how many other boats are around you. For example, skiers need to know what the rules are for where they can water ski, as well as which tricks and poses can cause the most risk for not being seen by boaters. 

Those who are captaining the boats need to be aware of where higher speeds are allowed and where they need to slow down or anchor. To be frank, boat motors are sharp and should be used with caution. 

Summer Injuries

Going too fast in areas where there will be people can cause serious injuries, including death, to the captain and the people in the water. Boaters need to know that most lakes in Texas are intended to be used by swimmers and that you should always be careful when taking your boat out. 

Fishing Injuries

Fishing is a very popular sport in Edinburg and throughout the state of Texas.  But did you know some of the most severe summer injuries happen when people are fishing? For example, did you know that when you cast your line, you can hurt yourself or others with the sharp hook that is attached to your lure?  

The physics behind throwing your lure involves a high momentum which can result in some very serious injuries for whoever comes in contact with that hook. If you are fishing or see someone fishing, it is always best to watch out for lines and wear sunglasses and a hat for protection.

Food Poisoning

The summer is a great time for attending annual food festivals or even simply just trying new cuisine. While this is a fun and exciting experience, sometimes the quality of the food you are eating from food trucks or other establishments is not always the best quality.

Corn dogs, nachos, and tacos are some of the foods that you need to be most cautious of because, in this Texas heat, the ingredients in these dishes are more prone to going bad or becoming spoiled. Food poisoning may not seem like a big deal, but it can be a painful experience and even result in hospitalization due to severe dehydration.

If you are feeling sick after eating something, it is best to drink fluids. If you are unable to keep anything down for more than 4-5 hours, including clear fluids, you need to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Heat Injuries

One of the best things about summer is the glorious weather, and while Texas is known for its beautiful sunshine, this weather can lead to some serious heat-related injuries. Not only can this hot weather result in sunburn and raise your risks for skin cancer, but you can also succumb to heat exhaustion, heat rash, severe dehydration, and more. The number one way to avoid heat-related injuries is to use sunscreen every 2 hours and stay hydrated! 

If You Have Suffered A Serious Summer Injury, A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you are injured this summer and it was due to the negligence of another, a qualified personal injury law firm in Edinburg, TX can help. Skilled accident lawyers offer years of legal experience and know what tactics should be used to ensure that you get the maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Speak with a top lawyer to learn how they will fight for you.

Chris Brasure
By Chris Brasure

Brasure Law Firm, PLLC was founded by Chris Brasure in 2006. His legal accomplishments are diverse and numerous. He is a fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation, was a delegate in the American Bar Association House of Delegates and holds a BA in political science and speech communication from Baylor University. He then went on to obtain his law degree from Baylor University Law School. Chris believes that education is absolutely critical to one’s success, so his firm now offers The Brasure Law Firm Scholarship to give back to the community and to help students who are seeking to pursue a higher education.