Once snow and ice appear outside, personal injuries become much more common in the winter months. However, by following certain precautions, you can make sure you stay safe and injury-free this winter. The following three tips will help you reduce the chances of falling victim to an accident.
How Can You Reduce Your Chances of Personal Injuries This Winter?
1. Slips and Falls
When you’re walking on sidewalks or through parking lots, it can be easy to slip on a patch of ice. Wintertime slips and falls can result in a number of serious injuries, including bruises, head injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Avoid personal injuries by wearing footwear that’s made for wintry conditions, and always be on the lookout for icy patches. When possible, use handrails to reduce your chances of slipping.
2. Recreational Activities
Wintertime activities like skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating are exhilarating ways to enjoy the winter, but they also come with a risk of injury. To reduce your chance of injury, wear appropriate safety equipment. For instance, don a helmet while skiing or snowboarding, and wear knee and elbow padding when skating. Be sure to stay hydrated and stretch before each activity, as doing so will keep your body limber and make your muscles less likely to cramp.
3. Automobile Accidents
Car crashes are more common in the winter due to the difficulties created by snow and ice. Even when the roads appear clear, black ice can cause you to lose control of your vehicle when you least expect it. In addition to making sure your vehicle is in good shape, drive slowly and take turns cautiously when there’s snow or ice on the ground. This will help your vehicle maintain a solid grip on the road, reducing your chances of losing control at turns and intersection, which are commonly associated with accidents during the winter.
Located in the Bronx, NY, Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C. can help you pursue damages if you’ve suffered a personal injury this winter. With more than 40 years of experience in the area, the firm has the legal skills and knowledge of New York laws to help you obtain the compensation you need to recover. Schedule an initial consultation by calling (718) 822-0500. Visit the firm online to learn more about their areas of practice.