Whether it’s a family trip to the lake or some friends taking a dip in the pool, the fun and enjoyment can be quickly taken away when it results in drowning injuries or death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about ten people in the U.S. lose their lives every day as a result of unintentional drowning.
Although children seem the obvious risk, some may be surprised to learn that only two out of the average 10 deaths per day involve someone 14 years old and under.
Poor Swimming Ability Increases the Likelihood of Drowning Accidents
One of the major factors that contributes to drowning for all ages is poor swimming ability. This can be especially dangerous in rough waters where a tide may pull someone into the undertow. Of course, even an experienced swimmer could find him or herself in trouble, so caution needs to be exercised at all times and safety tips should always be followed.
Drowning Accidents Happen Because of Unsupervised Children
Even in the presence of lifeguards, a child can drown. Parents and caregivers should never rely strictly upon others to watch over children near or in the water.
At the same time, it’s important to remember that a child could drown in a large swimming pool or a bucket of water. So even if someone is outside washing the car, children must be closely watched when around any type of water.
Alcohol Impairment is a Major Cause of Drowning Accidents
For adults (and even teens), judgment can be significantly affected when alcohol is in the system. This could lead to riskier behavior and affect one’s ability to walk, which may cause someone to fall into waters unintentionally. Additionally, impaired swimmers can become disoriented underwater and accidentally drown without the lighter sky for them to swim toward.
If you’ve been injured in a pool-related accident, speak with an attorney at Gacovino, Lake & Associates about premises liability claims.