The Lone Star State might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a “Winter Wonderland,” but Texans are no stranger to ice and snow. Although winter storms might be rare, they pose a very real threat. Because Texas sees snow and sleet less often than our northern neighbors, we are often inadequately prepared with the proper equipment to deal with these conditions, such as ice picks, snow shovels, tire chains, etc. This can lead to dangerous, and even deadly slip and fall injuries and automobile crashes.
When temperatures drop below freezing, car batteries require more energy than normal to perform the same tasks. This can decrease battery life by 20-35% according to AAA. Consider replacing your battery if you hear clicking, popping, or cranking noises when starting, interior or exterior lights dimming when the engine is revved, or if the battery is over 3 years old.
Black ice is very difficult to see, and even more difficult to avoid. While black ice is not technically black, it can appear black because it is completely transparent showing the pavement beneath. Lack of sun exposure allows black ice to form, most often posing a threat in the early hours of the morning or after dark.
Last New Year’s Eve (2017), over 100 crashes and slip & fall cases were reported across the metroplex. These injuries can be very serious, ranging from broken bones, hip and joint damage, as well as damage to the head, neck, and spine.
For more information on how to stay safe on the roads this winter, read our Winter Driving Safety article.
Snowball fights can be fun, but make sure not to over-expose yourself to freezing conditions. If you decide to brave the winter weather, pay close attention to your body signals to avoid the onset of hypothermia.
Signs and symptoms of hypothermia:
- Shivering, which may stop as hypothermia progresses (shivering is actually a good sign that a person’s heat regulation systems are still active. )
- Slow, shallow breathing
- Confusion and memory loss
- Drowsiness or exhaustion
- Slurred or mumbled speech
- Loss of coordination, fumbling hands, stumbling steps
- A slow, weak pulse
- In severe hypothermia, a person may be unconscious without obvious signs of breathing or a pulse
Share these tips with friends and loved ones to help keep this “the most wonderful time of the year.”
After more than 30 years representing injured slip and fall victims due to another party’s negligence, as well as injury victims in car wrecks, truck wrecks, and motorcycle accidents, the experienced team of professional personal injury lawyers at Reyes Browne Reilley have seen the consequences of negligence first-hand. If you have sustained injuries because of a car wreck which was not your fault, contact us now for a free and confidential case review. Fill out our form online, or call (214) 526-7900, and we will get you on the road to recovery.