Common Reasons People File Personal Injury Claims in the Winter
Unfortunately, injuries can occur at any time during the year. However, some injuries are more common during the winter months. With icy roads and cold temperatures, more people find themselves contacting a personal injury attorney when it’s cold out. This article will serve as a guide to some of the most common reasons people file a personal injury claim in the winter.
Slip and Falls: With icy roads, driveways, and sidewalks, it should come as no surprise that slip and fall personal injury claims increase during the winter. Falls are an easy way for someone to get seriously hurt. Because of this, if you slip in a public area that you believe should have been taken care of by the property owner, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim.
Burns: There is also an increase in the number of burn injuries during the winter months. Some common causes of burns in the winter may include:
- Defective holiday lights
- Space heaters
When handling fires, candles, space heaters, lights, or anything else dangerous and potentially flammable, it’s important to use extreme caution. However, accidents do happen. If you receive a burn injury due to someone’s negligence, it’s important to contact a personal injury attorney.
Car accidents: Due to the snow, icy roads, and dark skies, the number of car and truck accidents tends to increase during the winter. Unfortunately, there were about 32,166 fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2015 in the United States. While people may drive recklessly all year long, it can be especially dangerous in the winter. Furthermore, due to all the holiday festivities, there may be an increase in accidents caused by drunk driving. If you get into an accident that was caused by someone else’s reckless behavior, you should seek compensation for your injuries. A car accident attorney will be able to evaluate your case and confirm what compensation you deserve.
Most of these incidents and injuries are preventable but can be caused by negligence. Whether it’s a slip and fall accident from someone failing to properly clear away ice or a driver driving too fast on icy roads, innocent people can be seriously injured. If you get injured this winter and believe your injuries were a result of negligence, it’s important to contact a personal injury attorney in order to get the compensation you deserve.
If you receive injuries due to negligence, we’re here to help. Contact Mayor Law today to schedule a consultation.