Injuries can occur at any time, but there are many types of injuries that occur more often in the winter season than any other time of the year. Here's a look at some of the most common personal injuries that people typically suffer during the winter:
Slip and Falls
According to the National Safety Council, falls are the third leading cause of unintentional deaths in the United States. Many of these falls occur in the winter when the ground becomes more slippery due to ice and snow. Even a small patch of ice can cause someone to fall-especially if that person is not wearing the appropriate shoes.
Icy weather conditions can also make it more difficult for drivers to control their vehicles, which often leads to an increase in car accidents during this time of the year. But, the weather isn't the only reason why car accidents are a major problem in the winter. More people tend to hit the road around the holidays to see friends and family. The more drivers there are on the road, the more likely it is that an accident will occur.
People also tend to celebrate the winter holidays by consuming alcohol. Sadly, many people get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. This means that not only is there an increase in drivers on the road, but there could be an increase in intoxicated, dangerous drivers, too.
The number of burn injuries also spike during the winter season. Some of these burns are due to defective holiday lights, which can cause painful electrical burns if they are in poor condition. To avoid this type of injury, be sure to never use holiday lights with exposed wiring or damaged cords.
Artificial trees, space heaters, and candles also contribute to the rise in burn injuries in the winter. Be sure to keep all heat sources away from your tree, regardless of whether it is artificial or real. If the tree is real, keep it well-watered so it doesn't dry out. A dry tree can easily catch fire if it is too close to candles, space heaters, or a fireplace.
If you are injured this winter due to another person's negligence, seek legal representation from personal injury attorney James Rush at Rush Injury Law. An injury can put a damper on your winter, but we will do our best to lift your spirits by recovering the compensation that you deserve. Contact our office by calling 415-897-4801 or filling out the online form on our website www.rushinjurylaw.com to request a free consultation.