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How to avoid costly injuries in Utah this winter

January 9th

How to avoid costly injuries in Utah this winter

With the Salt Lake City area experiencing extreme winter weather conditions, Utah residents need to be extra vigilant about avoiding personal injury during these icy months.

From slips on icy sidewalks and parking lots, to accidents caused by snow- or ice-covered roads, it’s important to know how you can stay safe from potential harm this season.

How to avoid winter injuries in Utah

Unfortunately, no amount of vigilance could always prevent an accident from occurring.

Should you find yourself in need of a qualified legal consultant after sustaining a personal injury this winter season in Utah, read on for tips and information that could help lift some burden off your shoulders.

Ice and snow-related injuries

Slips and falls are the most common type of ice and snow-related injuries. When dealing with slips and falls:

  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially when walking in icy or snowy conditions.
  • Wear boots with good treads to help improve your grip on slippery surfaces.
  • Take your time when walking, and avoid running or walking in a hurry.
  • If you do fall, try to relax and protect your head and neck.

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Car accidents

Car accidents are another major issue in the winter. In winter weather:

  • Take it slow when driving and leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly winterized and equipped with antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, and chains or snow tires if necessary.
  • Drive with your headlights on at all times to increase your visibility to other drivers.
  • Beware of black ice – this thin layer of ice is often invisible to the naked eye but can cause serious accidents.

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Winter sports injuries

Skiing and snowboarding are popular winter sports, but these activities come with their own risks of injury. Make sure you are well-informed about the risks involved in these sports before participating.

Always wear proper safety gear, including:

  • Helmets
  • Goggles
  • Padding for knees and elbows

Stay within your ability level – don’t try to ski or snowboard beyond your skill set just to keep up with others on the slopes.

Home injuries

Slips and falls are not just limited to outdoor activities –– they can also occur inside the home during winter months as well. Remember:

  • Be especially careful when walking in areas that may be slick from melted snow or ice water — these include hallways, bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
  • Use rugs or mats in high-traffic areas to provide more traction
  • Keep walkways free of clutter so you don’t have to walk over cords or furniture legs.
  • If possible, have someone else spread salt or sand on sidewalks and driveways to help improve traction.

What happens if I’m injured due to the carelessness of another?

If you do happen to sustain a personal injury during winter months, seek medical attention right away.

And if you believe that your accident occurred due to the recklessness or negligence of another, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer — like the attorneys at Utah Legal Team — to discuss your legal options.

We’re here to help you win the compensation you deserve.


Mike McKell is known as an attorney who brings passion to representing both his clients and constituents. He is the founding partner of McKell Thompson Hunter and a current member of the Utah Senate.

*The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.

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