Enjoy the Snow Safely: Preventing Winter Sports Injuries

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The Cold Isn’t the Only Hazard When It Comes to Certain Outdoor Activities

Michigan has a lot to offer winter weather enthusiasts. Our famous lake effect snow, caused by air masses picking up water vapor over the relatively warm Great Lakes then dropping that moisture as snow when passing over the cooler land, can provide months of outdoor entertainment. Just be sure to be prepared and stay safe.

Know What to Expect Before An Outdoors Excursion

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are two popular activities that can be done almost anywhere that has at least a few inches of snow. Although novices can start to appreciate these sports almost immediately, they are deceptively challenging and require some preparation. Be sure to dress in layers, bring extra gear and water, take sun safety precautions, and learn the rules of the trail.

Always Follow Ski Resort Best Practices

Downhill skiing and snowboarding are popular in Michigan, which has over 40 ski areas—the second most of any state in the nation. Michigan is perhaps the Midwest’s best downhill destination. The state has something to offer for downhill skiers and boarders of all skill levels, but even easy slopes can pose serious dangers.

Be sure to have the proper equipment, fitted to you and in good condition, and always wear a helmet. Among skiers, head injuries are the most common injury related to falls and collisions, and victims often end up with concussions or open wounds to the scalp and face. Snowboarders are more likely to injure their wrists, shoulders, and ankles, but can also suffer serious spinal cord injuries. Both sports may lead to strains, sprains, fractures, dislocations, and ligament damage.

As with other winter activities, dress in layers and be prepared for changes in the weather. Ski and ride in control, stay on the trails, drink plenty of water, and stop when you are tired. Follow all applicable rules at the ski area.

Remember, Sleds Can Be Dangerous, Too

Sledding is a classic winter pastime for children, so common we seldom consider the risks. However, about 25,000 kids under the age of 15 require emergency medical treatment each year as a result of sledding injuries. A few simple steps can reduce the risk of injury:

  • Pick a safe, spacious hill
  • Choose sleds that are in good condition and easily controlled
  • Avoid sledding head-first
  • Never sled without adequate adult supervision

Sleds can reach 25 mph, a speed at which running into anything, or even falling off your sled, can cause serious injuries.

Know What to Do When Negligence Plays a Role

Winter sports can provide a fun and safe way to pass the snowy months in Michigan. They can also be dangerous for those who are unprepared, or those who find themselves hurt because of someone else’s careless behavior. If you were injured by negligence, you may be able to file a claim for compensation to help with medical bills, lost wages, and more.

Grewal Law PLLC is a family-owned firm where you are our team’s highest priority. We are transparent with our clients and take time to meet with them one-on-one so we can understand their needs—and how best to meet them. Anyone injured in an accident caused by someone else may have the right to compensation. Our attorneys can explain how filing an injury claim might help.

Call our personal injury lawyers at (888) 211-5798 to schedule your free consultation. For your convenience, we are available 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week.

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