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Common Winter Injuries

By Jan Hoen

Whether you love winter weather or cannot wait for spring, you know that there will be occasions that you need to face the snow, ice, and chilly temperatures. Virginia gets an average of 14.85 inches of snow across the state every year, from a few inches around Hampton to several feet in the mountains to the west. The scenery can be beautiful, but there is a darker side to snowy landscapes: The increased potential for people to suffer common winter injuries in accidents. 

There are plenty of factors behind these incidents, some of which are directly related to your own conduct while shoveling snow or engaging in winter sports. However, many accidents are the result of someone else’s negligence. A Virginia personal injury lawyer can advise you on your legal options, but you should be aware of common winter injuries and the causes behind them.

Motor Vehicle Collisions

Car and truck accidents are always on the rise during the winter months, when snow, sleet, fog, and wind make Virginia roadways treacherous. Victims often suffer concussions or sprain/strain injuries in minor collisions, but more severe crashes could lead to broken bones and worse injuries to the lower extremities. 

Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents

Despite lower temperatures and snowstorms, there are still plenty of people who get around by foot or bicycle in the winter. Because they lack the protection of a metal barrier, people on foot and riding bicycles are more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries in a traffic-related incident. They often sustain fractures to major bones, internal organ damage, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Slip and Fall Incidents

When property owners fail to clear sidewalks, driveways, and other exterior spaces within a reasonable time, they put others at risk of slips, trips, and falls on snow and ice. In some cases, the party in control over the premises does take action to alleviate slippery surfaces but is careless in doing so. Spinal cord injuries are among the most common winter injuries from dangerous conditions on property, including herniated and bulging discs. Victims may also suffer bruises, cuts, sprains, and muscle strains. 

Recreational Vehicle Accidents

ATVs, snowmobiles, and other off-road vehicles are fun entertainment in the wintertime, but there are factors that increase the potential for collisions:

  • Operators are often young and lack experience driving motorized vehicles;
  • Many riders operate these vehicles illegally on highways or adjacent to roadways;
  • Operators may carry passengers in violation of the law; and,
  • Riders are more likely to consume alcohol along the trail during snowmobile rides, impairing their ability to safely operate the vehicle.

Contact a Virginia Personal Injury Attorney to Discuss Your Rights

If you suffered any of these common winter injuries in an accident that was not your fault, it is important to reach out to a lawyer to learn more about your legal remedies. You may be able to recover compensation for your losses, including medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our team is ready to help, so please call Hampton Injury Law PLC to schedule a case evaluation with a Virginia personal injury attorney.

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