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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Dangers of hiking in the winter


    Hiking is a great sport which is growing in popularity as a way to keep healthy through exercise. Even though the benefits of hiking are high, there are also drawbacks, especially in winter. Hiking in winter can cause you to have a serious accident. Weather conditions up the top of a mountain are very different….

    Dangers of skating on frozen lakes


    As romantic as it sounds and sometimes is, skating or even just walking on a frozen lake is a dangerous act. One can never be entirely sure about how thick ice is and this is where you need to be careful. While there are measures you can take to make yourself feel more secure about….

    How to claim if you fall at a train station due to icy conditions


    Winter in the UK often means that waking up in the morning to travel to work is as tedious as can be. Frosty mornings make walking to the train station unbearable and even dangerous as ice on train platforms can make for treacherous conditions for commuters. Slipping on ice can be a terrible way to….

    What to do if you have a car accident in freezing weather


    Having a car accident in freezing weather is a risk for all road users. There are a few precautions to take when driving in winter. Freezing weather conditions provide more hazards to road users than any other type. Whilst black ice is unquestionably the number one scourge of the roads, it’s far from the only….

    Safety essentials to keep in a car throughout winter


    Winter is, by some considerable distance, the most hazardous season for driving. From low setting suns during rush hour traffic to lurking patches of black ice, winter drivers have even more things to think about in terms of safety on the road than normal. One of the best ways to keep safe when driving during….

    The dangers of black ice


    Driving in wintry conditions brings with it a number of significant hazards and potential risks to health, and we don’t just mean the frustration of trying to get ice off the windscreen first thing in the morning. Top of the list of dangerous road conditions is black ice. All road users should be aware of….

    The precautions to take when roads are icy


    Driving in icy conditions is extremely precarious. Quite simply, when ice is on the roads, everything is more complicated and therefore more dangerous. Braking, steering, negotiating turns, accelerating, judging stopping distances and times, indeed virtually all aspects of driving are made more difficult with the presence of ice. As a result, all road users need….

    Road crises caused due to shortage of road grit


    A shortage of road grit during the winter months can cause chaos on the roads. Driving in icy and slippery conditions is a precarious enough venture without having to try and do so without any assistance in terms of grip and security on the tarmac. When you’re driving, your safety and physical well-being are not….

    The medical signs of frostbite


    One of the risks of working in the cold for prolonged periods is that of developing frostbite. Most commonly affecting the fingers, toes and ears, nose, cheeks and skin, this condition can result in permanent scarring and even loss of affected extremities. Knowing what the medical signs of frostbite are and responding quickly can help….

    The dangers of working outside in winter


    Unless risks have been properly assessed and managed, working outside in winter can have a serious effect on your health. Dangers of working outside in winter The effects of working outside in winter include: Shivering, numbness and dehydration Immersion foot, chilblains and frostbite Hypothermia Excessive cold may also exacerbate existing respiratory or cardiovascular health issues…..

    The correct equipment you need when mountain climbing in winter


    When mountain climbing in winter, it is vital to have the right equipment to prevent climbing accidents which can cause serious injuries. Equipment required for mountain climbing in winter The equipment you will need when mountain climbing in winter includes: 30 to 50 litre rucksack with waterproof lining Winter mountaineering boots – stiff soled four season….

    The hidden dangers of road grit


    If you’re going out in the car or you’re getting on your bike in the winter, you should be aware of potential hazards on the road. When you’re driving in wet, icy or snowy conditions, the road surfaces may be slippery, your visibility may be reduced, and your stopping distance will increase. Another hazard you….

    Why does road grit cause cyclist problems?


    During the winter months, when it’s cold outside, and there’s a risk of ice and snow, it’s common to come across roads and paths that have been gritted. Grit is used to make road surfaces less slippery and reduce the risk of road accidents. Using grit on the roads has numerous advantages, but there may….

    The best clothing accessories to wear to avoid frostbite


    If you’re heading out in cold temperatures, it’s always advisable to wrap up warm. Being cold can be dangerous to your health, it’s wise to investigate which clothing accessories to wear to avoid frostbite. What are the best clothing accessories to wear to avoid frostbite? Frostbite is a condition that occurs when the skin freezes,….

    The hidden dangers of running in the winter


    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….

    Keeping your bedroom mould free during the winter


    Keeping your home mould free during the winter can be quite the challenge. As temperatures dip outside, in stark contrast to the cosy, warm environment we create inside, our rooms become the ideal climate for mould. If you do have a problem with this in your home, it is important to consider how to keep your home mould free….

    Survivor guide: Attending Christmas Eve carols


    Christmas Eve carols are a tradition in many UK households. Christmas Eve is one of the most exciting days of the year, but it can also be hectic and stressful; if you’re attending Christmas Eve carols this year, here are some tips to help you avoid slips, trips and falls and ensure you stay injury-free….

    Surviving the holidays: Christmas


    Wintry weather conditions and family celebrations involving plenty of food and drink make the Christmas holiday a joyous, but potentially dangerous time. There are, however, steps you can take to prevent personal injury over Christmas. In the home Injuries by electrocution and fires; scalding and burning are particularly common over this period, as are trips….

    How to tell if a path is covered in black ice


    One of the greatest hazards pedestrians, cyclists and motorists face in winter is black ice. The reason black ice (which in reality is actually a clear layer of very thin ice that has frozen without forming bubbles or any other visible imperfections) is so dangerous is the fact that it is almost impossible to see…..

    Riding a bicycle during the winter months


    No matter the season, riding a bicycle is hazardous, with a consistent risk of experiencing a road traffic accident. That being said, adverse weather conditions during the winter months can increase the health and safety risks involved with riding a bicycle, increasing the risk of road accidents for cyclists. Safely riding a bicycle in winter….

    Survivor Guide: Visiting Moscow in the winter months


    At the height of winter, Moscow can reach freezing temperatures of -10 Celsius. So if you are visiting Moscow in the winter months you need to be prepared so that you don’t need to make a travel accident compensation claim. What types of accidents happen whilst visiting Moscow in winter? There are many different accidents….

    The dangers of driving in heavy snow


    Forecasters have predicted heavy snow in the coming weeks and while this may be great news for those who don’t drive, it may spell trouble for drivers. Adverse weather conditions increase the risk of road traffic accidents, so it’s advisable to check the weather forecast before you set off. The dangers of driving in heavy snow….

    What are the most common snow-related accidents?


    In the UK we don’t have snow that often but when we do the country seems to come to a standstill. Public transport stops, airports shut and so do schools. Snow is the perfect excuse for a day off for adults and children alike. However, like all weather conditions there are certain accidents related to….

    Is it more dangerous to drive in sleet or snow?


    Most people are wary of driving in bad weather. It’s reasonable to think it is dangerous to drive in sleet or snow, since visibility will be worse than usual. You will also have the danger associated with frozen road surfaces and the potential for lying snow to disrupt your journey and interfere with your vehicle’s….

    The dangers of going ice skating


    Going ice skating can be an enjoyable and exciting adventure. If performed correctly and under supervision, ice skating is, relatively speaking, a very safe sport. However we at Accident Advice Helpline know that accidents can happen at any place and any time. Here are some of the potential dangers of going ice skating. Slips, trips….

    The biggest hazards when walking the street in snow


    Winter weather can make life extremely difficult and dangerous for everyone. For those walking the street in snow, the biggest hazard is the risk of slips, trips and falls. Risks of walking the street in snow In addition to snow and ice presenting people walking the street in snow with the risk of potentially serious….

    Hazards in winter that don’t exist during summer


    Of course, in Great Britain, we don’t experience the extremes in weather conditions that you see in other parts of the world. That being said, although it has been known to snow in spring on these isles, there are hazards in winter that are far less prevalent during the summer months. We might see slips,….

    The most crowded areas in the UK on New Year’s Eve


    Christmas is fast approaching and before we know it, we’ll be counting down and welcoming in the New Year. For many, New Year is a chance to get together with friends and family and celebrate; if you’re planning to party the night away or you’re looking for inspiration for a great location to bring in….

    Things to be careful of when cooking Christmas lunch


    Christmas lunch is perhaps the meal which we most look forward to throughout the entire year. It’s the time of year when even the strictest dieter throws caution to the wind in order to enjoy a magnificent banquet in the company of loved ones. Whether it’s the traditional turkey and Brussels sprouts with liberal lashings….

    Avoiding injury when going to see fireworks on New Year’s Eve


    In spite of firework safety rules, regulations and warnings, emergency services regularly report an increase in often severe personal injuries following New Year’s Eve celebrations involving fireworks. Even spectators at organised events are not entirely safe from the risk of sustaining accidental injuries. Avoiding injuries during New Year’s Eve fireworks While responsible organisers will do….

    Are Christmas lights okay to put outside?


    Whether it is okay to put Christmas lights outside depends on the type of lights in question and their overall condition. Types of Christmas lights The two main types of lights are indoor and outdoor lights. It is far from safe to place sets meant for indoor use into outdoor positions, as their insulation is….

    Survivor guide: The ‘Cyber Monday’ sales


    Cyber Monday sales happens every December just after America’s Thanksgiving weekend. This event started in America but has since become popular in other countries. Whilst it is a safer event than those that happen in store as you do not have to shove or push your way through the crowds there are still certain things….

    How can I stop slip accidents in icy conditions?


    Wintry weather conditions are responsible for a great deal of slip accidents. In order to prevent slip injuries in icy conditions, you should consider some or all of the measures described below. Gritting Areas likely to be icy and cause slip related injuries should be gritted, preferably in the early evening or first thing in….

    How do snowy conditions affect driving?


    Adverse weather conditions can make driving treacherous and increase the risk of road traffic accidents. If you’re gearing up for a long journey or you regularly drive to work, it’s important to be aware of how the weather can affect driving, especially in snowy conditions. How do snowy conditions affect driving? Snow presents serious risks….

    Treating hypothermia


    Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature drops below 35̊C. You may be at risk of developing hypothermia if you are travelling to cold countries, you are involved in outdoor pursuits, such as hiking or cycling in the mountains or you work outdoors. If you suffer injuries or illness as a result of accidents at work,….

    Can I claim for a Central Park ice-skating injury?


    Central Park is one of New York’s most iconic attractions;  it welcomes visitors from all over the globe, especially in the build-up to Christmas when groups of friends and family members and couples look to enjoy some frosty fun on the ice skating rink. Although Central Park is a beautiful spot, there is a risk of….

    Most common injuries while snowboarding


    The most commonly experienced snowboarding injuries are: Sprains Fractures Concussions Dislocations Contusions Lacerations In general, injuries to upper extremities, including wrists, elbows and shoulders, are more common than those to lower extremities; knee injuries, for example, are becoming increasingly rare, thanks to the continued evolution of snowboards. Beginners are at a heightened risk of sustaining….

    Five everyday tips to overcome the snow during English wintertime


    When snow hits England the country sometimes comes to a halt. Unlike many other countries England is not used to snow so when it occurs we find it difficult to cope with and more car accidents occur. Here are 5 tips to overcome the snow during the English wintertime: Buy some snow chains to avoid….

    What kind of accidents can cold weather cause?


    Atmospheric conditions can greatly increase the chances of being involved in a number of different types of accidents. In this article, we’ll be having a look at some of the various accidents than can be caused by cold weather fronts. What is a cold weather front? A cold front is the edge of a large….

    What precautions should I take during winter weather?


    Winter weather is responsible for all sorts of mayhem on roads across the country. Drivers can do much to prevent getting stranded or being injured in winter motoring accidents. Here are the top tips for preventing winter calamities: Avoiding fatigue and warming up vehicles Reduce the risk of fatigue causing traffic accidents by getting plenty….

    Five trades blighted by cold injuries


    All employers are required to ensure that their employees are protected as far as it is reasonably practical from accidents at work. This includes cold injuries which are common in a number of trades. In this article, we take a look at five trades that are blighted by cold injuries. Armed forces: The armed forces….

    Survivor guide: Driving on icy roads in winter


    During English wintertime you should check the local weather forecast before leaving the house in case of icy conditions and avoid driving if possible. If your journey is essential then follow these tips to avoid having a road traffic accident. If you have suffered an injury due to hazardous conditions you could help your claim for….

    UK winter car travel: Flat batteries


    Driving during the winter has numerous pitfalls, one of which is the risk of trying to get to work in the morning and finding that your battery is flat. Why are flat batteries rife in winter? While it is, of course, possible for batteries to fail at any time of the year, the risk of….

    Five biggest dangers on ski holidays


    Skiing is now one of the most popular forms of holiday in the UK with over 100 million people thought to take to the slopes each year. However, skiing often comes at a cost due to the many dangers it can present for those taking part. But if you have suffered an injury whilst participating….

    Avoiding accidents: M6 Midlands to the Scottish border


    The 232-mile long M6 is not only the UK’s longest motorway; it is also one of the country’s busiest motorways. Running north from Catthorpe Interchange (M1, Junction 19, near Rugby), it passes Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester, Preston, Lancaster and Carlisle before terminating, just yards from the Scottish border, at Junction 45 (Gretna Junction). From this….

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