With winter behind us, Vancouver comes alive in the spring. The arrival of warmer temperatures means more local events and opportunities for recreational activities. At this time of year, we encourage you to enjoy all the area has to offer. However, it is also important to take some simple precautions. The excitement of the season can overshadow the need for safety, resulting in an increased likelihood for personal injuries. The following highlights three common types of injuries that often occur over the spring.
Personal Injuries in Vancouver that Are Common in the Spring
With the days getting longer and temperatures reaching up into the sixties over the course of April and May, many Vancouver residents can now begin to enjoy hobbies and activities they put off over the winter months. In addition to concerts, festivals, and other outdoor events listed on sites such as Visit Vancouver, activities such as walking, hiking, biking, and playing sports are popular. Unfortunately, all of these do increase your injury risks, particularly if you are not adequately prepared.
Taking a few simple safety precautions can help to protect you against potentially serious harm. The following are three common types of personal injuries people often suffer at this time of year and some simple tips on how to prevent them:
Slips, Trips, and Falls
While spring means warmer temperatures, you can still expect plenty of rain in Vancouver, in addition to snowmelt from surrounding mountains. This can make sidewalks, park paths, and trails treacherous, particularly if you are not wearing the proper footwear. Be alert in stores and office buildings as well, where wet floors and puddles increase personal injury risks.
Getting Struck By or Against Objects
Spring often means an increase in construction both inside and outside of residential or business properties. Steer clear of areas where work is being performed to avoid being struck by debris.
One of the biggest dangers at this time of year is pedestrian and bicycle accidents. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), collisions with motor vehicles injure thousands of people in the state each year. As warmer weather beckons more people onto the road, it is important to pay attention at all times. Pedestrians should stay on sidewalks and only cross at designated intersections while bicyclists should wear the proper safety gear and follow all required traffic laws.
While it feels good to get outside and engage in sporting events and other outdoor activities, be sure to warm up beforehand, wear the proper safety equipment, and avoid pushing yourself too hard. Overuse injuries, such as muscle strains, sprains, and tears, can leave you hurting and out of commission for the entire season.
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When personal injuries occur due to the reckless or negligent acts of others, the Johnston Law Firm can help you hold them accountable for the medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages you suffer. To find out if you may be entitled to compensation, contact our Vancouver personal injury attorneys online or call (503) 546-3167 to schedule a free consultation today.