There’s plenty to love about winter: the holidays. The beauty of fresh snow clinging to empty tree branches. The cozy nights by a fire with loved ones. However, as a Memphis personal injury lawyer, I know that the season comes with greater risks for certain injuries. Fortunately, you can take precautions to lower your risk for some of the most common wintertime injuries with the safety tips below.

1. Ice and Snow Slip and Falls

It’s quite common to slip and fall on ice, which can be difficult to spot, day or night. The most common injuries that result from falling on ice include:

  • Bruises
  • Sprains and ligament strains
  • Broken bones
  • Back injuries
  • Head or brain injuries, including concussions

Anyone can slip on ice or snow, of course, but slip and falls affect certain demographics more severely than others; slip and falls are the fifth leading cause of death for Americans aged 65 and older.

Top prevention tips for wintertime slip and falls:

  • Wear proper, weather-appropriate footwear.
  • Move slowly outdoors; avoid running.
  • Avoid longer steps.
  • Take time with outdoor chores.

Accidents happen, even when preventative measures are taken, so always keep your phone nearby in case of injury.

2. Car Accidents

Snow, ice, and decreased visibility are hazardous conditions for drivers. According to some recent studies, car accidents during winter storms have killed almost 4,000 Americans over the past five years. Accident claims increase by roughly 12% in January and February.

Here are some important tips for wintertime driving safety:

  • Never drive until the roads are safe.
  • Use extreme caution on icy roads.
  • Leave at least three times the usual distance between you and the driver ahead of you.
  • Avoid braking on icy roads. If you have to brake, do so with caution.

3. Winter Sports Injuries

Along with the holidays and cozy nights, winter sports are up there as one of the best parts of the season. Ice hockey, skating, skiing, snowboarding, and sledding are among the most popular ways to stay active during the coldest months of the year. But they can be dangerous without safety measures, resulting in the following forms of injury, which range in severity:

  • Sprains, strains, and fractures
  • Broken bones
  • Back injuries
  • Head or brain injuries, including concussions

As a Memphis personal injury lawyer, I believe that fun and safety can go hand in hand. Please follow the safety tips below while participating in winter sports.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear.
  • Use appropriate equipment.
  • Know your limits, and listen to yourself.

Get help from an experienced Memphis personal injury lawyer

If you sustain an injury because of someone else’s negligence, you could be eligible for compensation. Our experienced team is here to help. Call (901) 327-2100 to see if you have a claim.