Top Injuries that Happen During Summer Vacations


Make your summer fun last by avoiding these common summer vacation injuries.

Food Poisoning

Whether you’re trying new foods in exotic locations, or packing your own for a road trip or camping, don’t get so caught up in relaxing and having fun that you ruin your good times with food poisoning.

When visiting strange places, practices may be different to what you are used to at home, but you still need to keep an eye out for basic hygiene and cleanliness. And, if you notice that the locals avoid certain eateries, it may be with good reason.

Auto Accidents

Unfortunately, car wrecks can follow you anywhere. Summer vacations can increase your risk for several reasons:

  • You are unfamiliar with the area and the local rules of the road
  • Hot weather increases the risk of tire blowout, driver fatigue, and road rage
  • More kids are out on the roads with all of their inexperience, texting, and excitement about being free from school
  • People are drinking and partying at all hours of the day, as well as driving hungover

Sports Injuries

Whether it’s a serious accident or from simply overdoing it, sports injuries can also ruin your summer vacation. You may be tempted to jump on a jet ski or bicycle and let loose, while you’re in the spirit, but if these are not normal activities for you it could be a big mistake. Be sure to have some basic safety training before trying out new equipment. And, avoid overexerting yourself if you’re not in good physical shape.

As always, drink plenty of good, clean water, wear your sunscreen, and don’t get out on the water if you’ve been drinking.

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With a background as a paralegal, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights, Sandra Dalton launched her freelance writing career in 2000 with a weekly column on Freedom for Suite 101 and pro bono projects for individuals and organizations supporting causes close to her heart. One of her first projects was for the Police Compliant Center writing about police misconduct. Sandra’s legal writing quickly expanded to include personal injury, animal welfare, criminal defense, disability discrimination, family law and much more.