It’s an instinctive reaction that seems to be built in to every man, woman and child in the world. When the snow falls, grab your sled and hit the slopes! Sledging is, of course, enormous fun and one of the best ways to make the most of the rare bouts of snow we get here in the United Kingdom. However, hurtling down a hillside on a piece of wood, plastic or even just a bin bag inevitably comes with a number of risks to personal safety.
Sledging accidents – slips, trips and falls
Getting back up to the top of the hill to enjoy another rapid descent is one of the hardest aspects of sledging. Well-gripped shoes are essential to prevent trip and fall accidents occurring. However, slips and trips are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sledging accidents and the subsequent personal injuries.
Sledging accidents – common injuries
As you’d expect, the most common form of injuries from sledging are standard bumps and bruises. After all, it is virtually impossible to spend a few hours hurtling down a hill without suffering some form of tumble.
The danger is that, because of the cold, numbness means the extent of any injuries suffered whilst sledging are often not revealed until much later once the feeling in fingers and toes returns.
At the more serious end of the sledging injury scale are fractures and dislocations. These injuries are typically caused by a painful ejection from the sledge as you power down the hill. Once your are going, there are only two ways of stopping a sledge – gliding to a graceful stop as the ground levels out or tumbling out prematurely in an out-of-control fashion.
Flailing limbs can land awkwardly and all too easily cause joints and bones to be forced into unnatural movements and positions. Whilst falling from a sledge can look dramatic, and even funny in a slapstick fashion, the consequences can be serious.
The worst kind of sledging accidents are broken bones and head injuries. There is no doubt that more people should wear a helmet when sledging. After all, we do on bikes so why not when whizzing across hard ground at high speeds?
If you are injured in a public accident, remember that you may be due personal injury compensation. Our legal team at Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in processing injury claims.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice