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Winter Weather Injuries: Car Accidents and More

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As those of us in Chicago can attest following the recent polar vortex, winter in Chicago means sub-zero temperatures, snow, ice, and dangerous road conditions. Not only do poor weather conditions during the winter increase the risk of getting into an auto accident, but they also increase the likelihood of suffering other winter weather-related injuries as well.

The following discusses some of the most common winter injury risks and provides tips on how you can keep yourself and others safe:


  • Auto accidents. Studies show that auto accidents increase by 12% during the winter months of January and February. If you don’t need to be on the road during or after a storm, you should avoid driving until the roads have been cleared. It is also important that you reduce your speed and allow plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you when driving on slippery roads. Motorists can prepare for winter driving by checking the vehicle’s battery, tire treat, windshield wipers, washer fluid levels, and antifreeze. Always wear a seat belt and avoid texting, emailing or talking on a cell phone while driving. Other helpful winter driving tips include: brake gently to avoid skidding, always use headlights, maintain a clean and clear windshield, and avoid the use of cruise control.

  • Slip and fall accidents. Snow and ice can make it more difficult to get around on foot, as well. As a result, slip and fall accidents are relatively common during winter months. Slip and fall injuries can involve wrist fractures, hip fractures, and head injuries. Pedestrians should take their time when walking, and take slower and shorter steps. Make sure to wear boots or footwear with rubber tread for traction, and exercise extreme caution when walking on the side of the road during and after a snowstorm since unshoveled sidewalks and slippery roads can increase the risk of a pedestrian auto accident.

  • Shoveling injuries. Shoveling injuries can include soft-tissue injuries, especially back injuries, but shoveling can also induce other medical problems. For instance, people over 55 years of age are four times more likely than those younger to have a heart problem when shoveling snow.

  • Fire and burn injuries. It may seem counterintuitive, but during severe winter weather, fire and burn injuries can occur. House fires are often caused by unsafe space heaters or lit candles that tip over so you should never leave these items unattended.


The Chicago accident and injury lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish are dedicated to protecting the rights of accident and injury victims and to promoting safe driving conditions.

If you have been involved in an auto accident or suffered another winter weather-related injury, contact Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish at (312) 782-1386 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago injury lawyers.

 

 

Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  (www.sgklawyers.com) is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.