Warm Weather Hazards: From Lawn Mowers to Swimming Pools, Premises Liability Risks Increase

by Pool Builders on 07-26-2012 in Articles

When we head outside on a bright summer day, we're not typically thinking of the dangers that may lurk at a neighbor's barbecue or in our own front yard. But warm weather can involve unexpected risks, from dangerous defective lawn mowers to neighbors' crowded pool parties to popular country fair congested parking lots.

Whether it's a product liability accident or premises liability injury, what seemed like a simple day of outdoor fun can become complicated in moments.

Lawn mower injuries are more common than you'd think, with loose blades or rocks being thrown from the mower, causing broken bones or lacerations. Private swimming pool accidents happen every year, as well, particularly kids drowning and other wrongful death tragedies involving youngsters. And with so many folks driving to busy places such as airports, amusement parks, big cities and national parks, even parking lot injuries or negligent security situations become commonplace.

You wouldn't normally think of basic garden equipment being a danger, but each year more than 75,000 Americans are injured by a lawn mower, with children under 15 making up a large portion of injury victims.

Manufacturers have a duty to account for the likelihood that a child might be present while a lawn mower is in use and include a higher degree of product safety in the design. But, unfortunately, this is not always the case. A poorly designed, faulty lawn mower can become a dangerous weapon.

If you or a loved one is injured due to negligence, you should not hesitate to contact a personal injury lawyer. Most accident attorneys provide free consultations. There is no obligation to speak with an attorney about your legal options.

Summer is a great time to relax, but accidents can happen fast. Watch out for drunk drivers in outdoor concert parking lots. Keep an eye on older kids showing off in a pool. They may endanger your little ones. Check out that new tractor lawnmower you just bought, which might have faulty brakes.

Premises liability accidents, such as parking lot injuries, happen all too frequently, as do product liability accidents, such as defective lawn mower injuries.

Warm weather should mean fun and family, but if you or a loved one was injured by a faulty product or accident on someone else's property, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help.

So whether it be lawn mowers or swimming pools, be careful to take steps to protect your family and friends this summer.

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