Avoid Common Winter Weather Injuries

January 7, 2022

While injuries happen throughout the year, winter weather injuries are common and increase the risk of certain injuries. Weather conditions can be dangerous, and there’s always the chance of slipping on black ice, wrecking in poor visibility, or getting hit by a snowplow. But you don’t have to become an injury statistic this winter.

Slip and Fall Winter Weather Injuries

The winter weather conditions make it easy for black ice and snow to accumulate on the ground, which can be dangerous.

Common Winter Slip & Fall Injuries:

  • Bruises
  • Broken bones, most commonly hip, and wrist fractures
  • Head or brain injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries
  • Ankle strains and twists, along with other kinds of muscle sprains or ligament strains
  • Back injuries, including spinal compression fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries

Preventing Slip and Falls During Winter

You should always take a moment before you walk outside to wipe your shoes on the mat so that they’re free of snow and ice. When you come back inside, remove your boots or winter jacket, so you don’t track any slush onto various surfaces around the house. While it may seem like common sense, many slip and fall injuries are preventable.

  • Wear proper footwear made for icy, snowy, or slippery conditions.
  • Take short strides and avoid long steps.
  • Be careful when walking across parking lots and provide extra support for children and seniors.
  • Do not run or rush when outdoors.
  • Keep de-icer, salt, or sand on hand for when things get slippery.
  • Have your cell phone handy in case of injury.
  • Take your time, and don’t rush outdoor chores.

Winter Car Accident

The winter weather can make your winter commute a little more dangerous than usual.

Snow and slush, sleet, ice, and wet pavement make driving more difficult and risky. You need to take precautions while driving in winter weather and always be aware of the conditions around you.

Tips to Avoid Winter Car Accidents:

  • Reduce your speed and leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you.
  • Maintain your vehicle and ensure your tires are properly inflated and the tread isn’t worn.
  • Be EXTRA careful when turning, braking, or passing other cars.
  • Carry an ice scraper in your car.
  • Keep a winter emergency kit on-hand in your vehicle.
  • Avoid distractions such as texting or talking on a cellphone.
  • Limit winter nighttime driving.
  • Avoid winter road conditions whenever possible – if you must drive, keep your windshield washer fluid tank full and have winter tires installed for better traction.

Winter Sports Injuries

Many people across the country enjoy winter sports like skiing, hockey, and snowboarding. Additionally, snow tubing, sledding, and ice skating are especially popular among children and families.

All of these activities can lead to injuries, and it’s important to take safety precautions to keep you and your family safe.

Preventing Winter Sports Injuries

  • Always wear the appropriate safety gear, including a helmet, when participating in winter sports.
  • Stay hydrated and take breaks often while skiing or snowboarding.
  • Stretch before and after playing winter sports.
  • Be mindful of your limits and skill level, and don’t attempt a slope or trick you aren’t used to.
  • Obey all facility safety rules.

Seek Medical Attention

If you are injured this winter, make sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Many winter weather injuries can be treated with rest and ice packs, but some winter injuries can be more serious and might require a trip to the emergency room or have long-term health consequences.

Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one experienced a winter weather injury, it’s essential to know your legal rights. If another person is at fault for an accident that led to an injury, you may be able to file a personal injury claim so that you receive compensation for medical bills and other damages. Talk with the experienced personal injury attorneys at Saladino & Schaaf to learn more.Schedule your free consultation online today or give us a call at 270-444-0406 (Paducah, KY) or 270-753-1529 (Murray, KY).




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