With winter around the corner, many folks are getting excited about the holidays. Big family meals, cozy nights by the fire, ice skating with friends. But as a personal injury attorney Memphis TN has relied on for more than three decades, I know the holiday season brings more than family fun. It also brings greater risk for certain injuries.
Before we all dive into December, I want to share with you some of the most common types of holiday injuries I see. I’m also including steps you can take to keep you and your family safe this season.
Winter car accidents
Car accidents during winter storms have killed almost 4,000 Americans over the past five years. Snow, ice, and decreased visibility are deadly hazards. Here are some important tips for wintertime driving safety:
- Leave at least three car lengths between you and the driver ahead of you.
- Drive slowly on icy roads and avoid breaking. If you have to brake, do so with caution.
- While driving cautiously, use your hazard lights to increase your visibility to other cars.
Slip and falls on ice and snow
Ice can be difficult to spot, both in the daytime and at night. This is what makes slip and fall accidents on ice and snow so common. The most common injuries resulting from these types of accidents are:
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Head or brain injuries, including concussions
- Sprains and ligament strains
To help prevent an unwelcome slip or fall, make sure to always wear weather-appropriate footwear and avoid running or taking longer steps when the temperature drops below freezing.
Holiday fire hazards
A Christmas fire may feel cozy, but they are unfortunately the source of many holiday injuries, especially when coupled with Christmas trees. Fire accidents can happen when a dry Christmas tree is placed too close to a fire, furnace, or even a candle. Make sure your tree is placed a safe distance away from any heat source.
Space heaters are cause for caution, as well. Watch out for space heaters that have faulty safety switches, or heaters that may be tipped over by a pet while you aren’t in the room. Either of these situations can turn into a fire hazard very quickly.
Winter sports injuries
Sledding, ice hockey, skiing, snowboarding, and skating are among the most popular winter outdoor activities. But unless you take proper safety precautions, they can all result in serious injuries — and even death.
A good rule of thumb when enjoying your favorite winter sport is to always wear appropriate protective gear. Also, always listen to what your body is telling you. Take a break if you need to — it will help prevent injuries every time.
If you’ve been in a holiday accident, speak to an injury attorney Memphis TN trusts for FREE
If you’ve sustained an injury this holiday season due to someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to shoulder the burden of medical costs and potential lost wages.
Call (901) 327-2100 or contact us online to see if you have a case. The consultation is absolutely FREE. We can discuss your situation, answer all of your questions and concerns, and come up with a plan to get you the compensation you deserve.
Don’t wait — give us a call to hear how we can help today.