The Dangers of Cold Weather

Living in the beautiful state of Michigan, locals have to deal with very cold weather especially come winter. With this weather, the roads tend to become very slippery with accidents occurring regularly on sidewalks and even main roads. Aside from icy sidewalks, cold weather in Michigan also brings about all sorts of danger that people should be very wary about if they are to keep safe and avoid sustaining injury that can delay their everyday lives. For Michigan natives, here are some dangers of cold weather and how to avoid them.

Car Accidents

Perhaps the most perilous danger that occurs during cold temperatures are vehicular accidents. Vehicular accidents often result in death and serious injury. Many times, people are injured for life after a car accident. Roads during these temperatures become very slippery and if a vehicle does not have suitable tires, they are more than likely going to slip and skid in the road. To prevent car accidents, people must ensure their tires are winter ready. They should also avoid driving when winter conditions become too extreme.

Slip and Fall Accidents

A common type of accident that occurs regularly during winter is slip and fall accidents. During icy temperatures sidewalks and walkways become very slippery. If temperatures become too cold, it is often almost impossible to walk on roads and people should have the proper walking gear to aid them in crossing the road or walking through the park. Slip and fall accidents are very painful because they come unexpectedly and cause broken bones, torn ligaments, sprains, and bruises among others. To avoid this type of accident, people should really avoid going out during these times. Having the proper walking gear is also recommended at all times.

Black Ice Related Accidents

Another very common type of cold weather accident is black ice related. Black ice occurs in an area with heavy snowfall. When these areas accumulate a lot of snow at night, come morning time, the snow melts into water which tends to stay on roads or sidewalks. When nighttime comes, the water is then frozen into a transparent layer that covers the ground. When people walk on this, they often do not see the transparent layer of ice on the road, which causes all sorts of slip and fall accidents that often require immediate medical attention.

Ice Storm Accidents

Ice storms produce a very thick layer of ice on all exposed outdoor surfaces. This includes roads, trees, sidewalks, and pathways. This also includes objects on the road such as vehicles, trees, and power lines. With heavy snowfall, visibility becomes nearly impossible and when people are outside during an ice storm, they often bump into these objects on the road. Ice storm accidents include vehicular accidents, slip and fall, and electrocution to name a few. The harsh winds also cause accidents as they carry objects with them at very fast speeds. When these objects hit another person, they often cause serious injury. To avoid ice storm related accidents, it is recommended to stay at home during an ice storm.

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