There is an increased risk of personal injury in the winter months due to a number of factors. The biggest is weather. Slush and ice can accumulate on roads, and inexperienced drivers may be on the roads. Black ice is particularly dangerous since it cannot be seen. In addition, because it gets dark earlier in winter, there is decreased visibility, leading to more accidents.
In winter weather, parking lots and sidewalks can become slippery, leading to falls. Businesses have a responsibility to clear ice from their properties so that pedestrians do not slip and fall on the property.
Many people tend to drink more in the winter, especially over Thanksgiving and into December at holiday parties and on New Year’s Eve. This leads to a risk of drivers getting behind the wheel intoxicated, which dramatically increases the risk of car accidents. If you choose to attend a holiday party where alcohol will be served, have a plan in advance for getting home.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another party, you should speak with a personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you’re in Houston, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more, or visit our Facebook page.