What are the most common winter injuries?
Many people look forward to a range of recreational activities in the winter, from snowy sports to family visits. While these activities can bring a great deal of fun and joy, they are not without risks. Here are some of the most common ways people sustain injuries during the winter:
- Slip-and-fall: Snow and ice can make even the most routine walk more dangerous. The risk of a slip-and-fall accident in winter is especially high in locations that haven’t been properly maintained, such as unsalted walkways or uneven steps. Slip-and-fall injuries can include broken wrists, arms, hips or even head trauma, and they can be particularly risky for elderly people.
- Winter sports injuries: Skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and ice skating can all lead to a range of injuries. Common injuries from such sports include bone and joint injuries. More serious injuries such as head trauma can also be sustained.
- Driving accidents: Driving in the winter can be more dangerous than other times of years due to icy roads and reduced visibility during snowfall. Less daylight can also contribute to driving risks, especially when combined with slippery elements.
No matter what time of year, it is it is important to take steps to protect one’s own health and safety. At the same time, doing the activities one enjoys and getting where they need to go is also a priority for British Columbia residents. Many of those who are injured in the winter, be it from a slip-and-fall accident, driving accident, sports injury or any other accident could benefit from speaking with a personal injury lawyer to discuss their legal options for seeking coverage for their losses.