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Florida Swimming Pool Accidents

According to a 2018 Miami Herald article, the state of Florida lost more children to drowning than any other state. In 2017, the Sunshine State had 51 fatal child drownings in pools or spas—a 20 percent increase over 2016. Eighty percent of these drownings involved children under the age of 5, and across the nation, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children between the ages of one and four. Behind Florida, the top four states for child pool and spa drownings in 2017 were Arizona, Texas, California and Georgia.

Florida parents are urged to enroll their children in learn-to-swim programs, learn CPR techniques and be particularly diligent in watching children in pools and spas. According to the USA Swimming Foundation, 79 percent of children in households with less than $50,000 per year in income have little to no swimming ability.

 

Factors in Florida Swimming Pool Accidents

While swimming in the state of Florida is virtually year-round, more children attempt to beat the heat in the summer by jumping in a swimming pool. Although many swimming pool tragedies are the result of lack of supervision and inability to swim, swimming pool accidents can occur in a variety of ways, including:

  • Lack of required fencing to keep small children out of a pool when no adults are present
  • Lack of qualified supervisors in the area, such as lifeguards or other adults
  • Slipping and falling on a wet surface
  • Diving into the shallow end of the pool
  • Smaller children being caught in a pool drain
  • Slipping on a diving board
  • Improper pool design
  • Lack of safety equipment
  • Inadequate pool warnings
  • Defective safety equipment

 

Who is Liable for a Swimming Pool Accident?

Under certain circumstances, a pool owner can be held liable for injuries sustained by a visitor; however, there must be evidence that the issue causing the injury was not obvious. For example, if a child is running around a pool, despite signs which caution against running, and slips on a wet surface, resulting in an injury, a personal injury lawsuit might not be warranted.

There are many other situations, however, which would qualify for a personal injury lawsuit. To hold a property owner liable for swimming pool injuries, it must be shown that the owner had a duty of care, that the owner breached that duty of care and that the injuries were caused by that breach.

Property owners in Florida are required to maintain the premises in reasonably safe conditions and warn visitors of any known dangers. Florida’s Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act requires residential property owners to protect children by equipping pools and spas with at least one safety feature, such as a fence or a cover. If you or a loved one suffered a swimming pool accident with injuries, contact an experienced Florida personal injury attorney as quickly as possible.

 

Have You Been Injured in a Swimming Pool Accident?

If you or someone you love has been injured in a swimming pool accident in Daytona Beach, Florida and you believe that someone else’s negligence was to blame, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as you are able.

At Zimmet & Zimmet our experienced Daytona Beach personal injury lawyers have extensive experience representing accident victims. Contact us today for a free initial consultation and review of your case. Call (386) 210-9658 or fill out our confidential contact form and we can help you through this difficult time.

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Back to School: How Safe are School Buses Really?

More than 23 million children ride buses to and from school every year. These children range in ages from 5-year-old kindergartners to 17-year-old seniors in high school. However, unlike passenger vehicles, the majority of school buses aren’t equipped with seat belts or airbags to protect these children when an accident occurs. With so few safety features, you would think that school buses were inherently dangerous. However, this isn’t the case.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are 70x safer than passenger vehicles. On average only 4 to 6 children die each year due to school bus crashes, and school bus accidents account for just 0.4% of all US traffic fatalities.

However, even though school buses may be safe, accidents still occur. Every year, approximately 17,000 children are treated in emergency rooms because of school bus injuries. More than 40% of these injuries are caused by vehicular accidents. Fortunately, even when accidents do occur, the injuries sustained are relatively minor thanks to school bus design.

 

Safety Around School Buses

The most dangerous area on a school bus is the area 10 feet in front of the bus, 10 feet behind the bus, and 10 feet on either side of the bus. It is in this “danger zone” that children are hit by either the school bus itself or a passing vehicle.

The majority of those children who are hit by vehicles and killed while getting on or off the school bus are children between the ages of 5 and 7 years old. Getting off the bus after school is a prime time for school bus accident fatalities. In fact, the majority of fatal school bus accidents occur in the afternoon between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

To protect children from harm, school bus companies have installed mechanical arms that force children to walk a safe distance away from the bus. In addition, some school buses in Florida even have mounted cameras on their buses to watch for motorists who fail to stop for school buses.

 

Florida School Bus Safety Tips

If your child rides the school bus every day, it is important to take certain precautions to keep them as safe as possible.

  • Arrive at least 5 minutes early to prevent your child from having to rush across the street to catch the bus
  • Teach your child to stand at least 6 feet away from the curb at all times
  • Prevent your child from running or playing around the bus stop
  • Children should be taught to pay attention when getting off or on the bus
  • All school children should be aware of traffic
  • Children should use handrails for additional safety
  • Children should not leave the bus until it comes to a full and complete stop
  • If your child drops something on the road, tell them to avoid picking it up. Instead, teach your child that he or she should tell the bus driver right away.

 

Contact Our Daytona Beach School Bus Accident Lawyers

If a negligent driver injured your child while on their way to or from school, it is important to know that Florida law is on your side.  At Zimmet & Zimmet P.L. our experienced Daytona Beach school bus accident lawyers have extensive experience representing victims involved in auto accidents. Contact us today for a free initial consultation and review of your potential case. Call 386-255-6400 or fill out our confidential contact form, and we can help you through this difficult time.

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Avoid a Bike Accident

In today’s world of television, video games, and cell phones, hearing that your child actually wants to go outside into the fresh air and get active can feel like a victory. But it comes with a host of other worries, such as cars on the street. When your child wants to ride his or her bicycle, crashes are inevitable—but there are some things you and your child can do to lower the likelihood.

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