Come on. A blog about winter injuries? Have you forgotten that we live in one of the most beautiful states in the nation where winter is something that happens to other people? Before you dismiss this article as nonsense or unnecessary, consider that the weather is changing.
It is more common to hear of unusually high temperatures during the summer, and freezingly cold temperatures in the winter. States that aren’t used to hot and humid days experience deaths. Where winter is unheard of but suddenly appears, people are injured. North Carolina is typically protected by the mountains, experiencing winters that are wet but mild. With the changes in weather, it is not unreasonably to expect that people in Charlotte may experience harsh weather at least once this season.
Knowing how to stay safe in the winter is important for everyone, whether you are caught in a freak storm or trapped in your house by mountains of snow for days at a time. Follow these tips to reduce your risk of injury this frigid season.
1. Slips and Falls
Slips and falls are one of the most common accidents in the winter months. Slipping and sliding on ice and snow is easy to do, especially when you can’t immediately see the slippery patch. Even if you only skid for a moment, you can strain muscles trying to catch yourself. It’s not uncommon to incur an ankle twist, a fracture or even a head injury in this kind of accident. Stay as aware of your surroundings as possible and tread carefully.
No one likes to shovel snow, and many people shovel in a hurry just to get the job over with. Rushing while shoveling can cause injury. It’s important to pay attention to your body when you are shoveling snow as doing it the wrong way can cause injury to your shoulders, neck or back. Shovel slowly and with purpose. If you begin to feel tension in your back, stop and take a break if you can. Always remember to use your knees and not your lower back.
3. Auto Accidents
Most people continue to drive as they normally do despite harsh conditions. In other cases, people drive much too carefully for the conditions, posing a similar type of danger. If you aren’t sure how to drive in the snow, take the time to learn. Know how your car handles and drive appropriately. Driving too fast or too slow can both be dangerous. And if you are planning on traveling to the mountains or another snowy area this year, it may be wise to invest in a set of tire chains.
No one wants to end their day in a doctor’s office or hospital bed because of a winter injury. Follow the tips above to help make sure that you stay safe and healthy all season long.
If you happen to be injured on someone else’s property this winter due to that property owner’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, lost wages and more. Reach out to our team of legal professionals today and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. Call today for assistance.