Crisp white snow falling, hot mugs of cocoa steaming, the patter of reindeer feet on the roof – there is much to look forward to about winter. The ending of one year and beginning of another can be a magical time and often sees significant, life changing events. However, it is also a time when accidents are frequent and dangers are lurking.
Take driving for example. Black ice, misty conditions and heavy traffic can cause untold problems for motorists and produce a high number of serious road traffic accidents.
Motorcycle accidents are also higher at this time of year as people either underestimate or fail to adjust to the severity of the travelling conditions.
How can I avoid making a personal injury claim during the winter?
When driving during winter, leave plenty of time to complete your journey. Impatient drivers rushing to their destination not only risk causing a car accident for themselves, but also expose others to the threat of a serious incident on the road.
You also need to be constantly alert at all times on the road. One minute you or another car may seem to be going along fine, the next you hit some ice and are suddenly in the midst of a serious car crash.
It stands to reason that the chances of slips, trips and falls are significantly higher over winter than at other times of year. It is the responsibility of your local authority to ensure that streets and pathways are safe to use and that sufficient warning is in place if they are not.
Sturdy walking boots may be required and, as with the roads, taking your time can avoid a nasty accident in public.
Similarly, your working conditions should have been altered to cope with the winter weather. Accidents on construction sites, and other outdoor locations, can be significantly more common at this time of year, and cause substantially more damage.
Those working outside need to be provided with the right clothing to avoid suffering an industry-related illness, while the work-site itself, as well as all the access points, need to be kept safe and clear.
Accident Advice Helpline can offer professional guidance if you do suffer an accident at any time of year. Whether it’s a workplace injury, a car crash or public fall, they can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: September 4, 2013
Author: David Brown