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Do Injuries Caused by Negligence Happen More Often in Winter?

Winter-Related Accidents

When it comes to the popularity of the different seasons, it appears that most people living in the United States are not that fond of winer. Routine polls that have been taken for the past seven decades provide proof that people in America simply do not like winter. The days are much shorter, it gets dark too quickly, and it is hard to stay warm when temperatures are nearly below freezing outside. People tend to get frustrated by all the snow that starts falling because it can put such a damper on their day.

Weather conditions in the winter can send a lot of people to the emergency room. Because the roads are often slippery, wet, and even icy, people tend to get into more accidents. Although the accidents happen more often in winter, most of these accidents are completely preventable. You should know of some of the injuries that tend to occur during these cold weather months because then you can take the proper steps to avoid accidents and injuries.

Slipping and Getting Hurt

Many people get hurt while walking around outside during the winter months because the grounds are wet and slippery or even full of snow. Unfortunately, some people have no choice but to leave their homes to get to work or to handle other responsibilities. When someone slips outside and then gets hurt, they will usually end up with painful fractures of the ankles, wrist, and even the hips.

Although these falls can lead to fractures, they can also cause more severe injuries, including concussions, internal bleeding, and damage to the brain. People of all ages get hurt during the winter months, but the elderly are more likely to fall and get hurt because they may already struggle with mobility.

 

These slip and fall accidents are usually preventable. Homeowners and property owners have a responsibility to clean off the sidewalk outside of their building. They should shovel and use rock salt if necessary.

 

Crashing While Driving

 

Thousands of accidents are caused by vehicle crashes that occur when there is a lot of sleet and snow on the roads. The winter weather conditions can cause people to slip and slide while they are driving, ultimately causing them to crash right into another vehicle. If the snow is coming down heavily, it can obstruct the view of drivers, making it hard for them to see where they are going as they try to navigate their way down different roads. Although the roads are much more dangerous, drivers have the responsibility of driving as safely as they can to prevent car accidents from happening.

 

Protect Against Additional Risks

 

Additional risks come along with the cold winter weather. These risks include illness, hypothermia, and even frostbite. You will need to find out what you can do to protect yourself from these risks. For example, you should always shovel your sidewalk and pay close attention to what you are doing when walking around outside. You should pay attention to your surroundings while driving and take it slow to avoid sliding around and crashing. You might even want to spend less time outdoors until the weather gets warmer.

You might not like the cold winter weather, but it something you will likely need to deal with for several months. The best thing you can choose to do is to follow the right steps to protect yourself and your loved ones while waiting for spring to arrive.

 

Contact A Haddonfield Personal Injury Lawyer To Discuss Your Accident Case In New Jersey

 

Were you injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident or snow and ice slip and falls? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Andres & Berger, P.C. represent clients injured because of truck accidents, car accidents and parking lot falls in Haddonfield, Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Marlton, and throughout New Jersey. Call 856-437-4080 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 264 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, New Jersey, 08033.

 

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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