Poor light and weather conditions present runners with an array of hidden dangers when running in the winter. Here are some of these potential hazards.
Running in the winter
One of the more obvious risks of running in the winter is slipping on unexpected patches of black ice or densely packed snow. Even loose, freshly fallen snow can, however, be dangerous, because there may be ice beneath it. A thick covering of snow may also cover uneven ground or potholes in the pavement. While this may not be too much of a danger when the snow gets packed later in the day, first thing in the morning, it could well give way under a runner’s weight and cause an injury by tripping and falling.
Rain and fog
Even when temperatures are higher and there is no ice or snow, running in winter still has its hidden risks. Heavy rain can create unexpected patches of mud, which can cause slip injuries. Then, of course, there is the risk of puddles being deeper than expected. Running into a water-filled pothole, for example, could all too easily end in a twisted ankle.
Fog adds to the risk because it makes hazards like potholes, broken kerb edges and icy or muddy patches more difficult to see. Fog also makes it much harder for other road users to see you. You could get hit by a car or you could be caught up in a road traffic accident.
Running in well-lit areas, using a club’s running track or running earlier in the day will help to prevent running accidents in winter, as will wearing high-visibility clothing and shoes with good grip.
No fault incidents
Sometimes even your best efforts cannot prevent accidents while running. Broken kerbs, potholes or poorly- maintained club running tracks can all too easily result in trips and falls. Inattentive drivers could also hit you in an accident on the road despite your high visibility outfit. If you were injured in an accident for which someone else was responsible while running in the winter, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you think you may be entitled to make a claim, have a confidential, no-obligation chat with one of our helpful advisors to confirm your eligibility to claim and have an in-house solicitor assigned to you. The numbers to call from mobiles and UK landlines respectively are 0333 500 0993 and 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice