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Winter sets in…

Almost before we knew it summer became a distant memory and it seems as if winter has hit us with a bang!  Yet again the forcast is for a severe winter  (which seems to have become the norm in recent years)

Inevitably as the weather gets worse the potential for accidents increases.  Roads are obviously much more slippery particularly overnight and first thing in the morning when the temperatures have dropped.  The risk of accidents for road users increases. I always leave myself just a little bit of extra time for a journey at this time of year.  And my bike has been stored away for the time being – cycling on wet slippery roads seems a recipe for disaster…

Pavements and paths can also be hazardous.  I am amazed at the number of people I have seen already slipping and sliding their way along the street – and winter has only just STARTED!  Local authorities have a huge task at this time of year trying to keep pavements safe but rather than relying on this it makes good sense simply to make sure that adequate footwear is worn when out and about – a pair of walking boots or wellies may not be attractive but may save you several hours sitting in Accident and Emergency!

I am also mindful of what is happening outside my own front door.  I try and keep the path leading up to my door clear of ice and snow so that it is safe to use for me but also for visitors to my house.  An investment in a few bags of rocksalt may be a wise one.

I have also noticed that as the number of people visiting shops increases with the Christmas rush that floor surfaces are unusually wet.   Shop owners need to take care to try and ensure the safety of thier customers but a little extra care when out shopping may help avoid unpleasant injuries if you slip or fall.

Just because the weather gets worse does not mean that accidents are inevitable and that you just have to accept them.  Local authorities, shopkeepers and even householders have a duty to take “reasonable” care to make sure you are safe whilst going about your business.  Sometimes an accident is just that – an accident but sometimes you may be able to do something about it.  I hope this winter sees you accident free but if you are unfortunate to sustain an injury just give me a call and I will give you some advice on whetheryou may be able to make a claim.

Since this will be my last posting of the year this is a good time to  wish you a happy, safe Christmas and a succesful New Year.

Lorraine

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