You may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but the dangerous conditions created by the frosty flakes can be a nightmare.
Over 156,000 crashes occur every year due to snowy, icy, or slushy conditions, with approximately 117,000 of them resulting in injuries. There are also more fatalities from icy or snowy roads than from all other weather conditions combined, with an average of more than 1,800 deaths per year.
But even if you choose to stay off the roads in snow or sleet, there are other hazards to consider. The CDC reports that unintentional falling is the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in adults over age 24. Winter weather magnifies that risk. People hurrying to get out of the cold plus slippery sidewalks can equal a nasty fall. Thankfully, many falls only result in minor injuries but some can be much more serious causing broken bones, compression fractures, or serious head injuries. While you can’t eliminate the risk of harm completely, you can take steps to avoid getting hurt.
- Reduce your driving speed (it can take 10 times longer to stop in cold, wet conditions) and accelerate slowly
- Check that your tires have enough tread and are properly inflated.
- Eliminate other distractions like cell phones or loud music
- After removing snow, salt your driveway and any other pavement where you or others may walk. This will cut down your chance of slipping on black ice.
- Wear appropriate footwear.
Although you may take extra steps to protect yourself, you can’t control the actions of others. Remember to be alert for drivers who are less than cautious or property owners who don’t remove their ice and snow. If you or a loved one is injured in a weather-related accident, call Cordisco & Saile for a free consultation to learn your rights. Let us get you the compensation you deserve.