Summer is gradually drawing to a close. Though you may mourn the loss of warm sun, long days and summer activities, the upcoming autumn will be chock-full of fun. Red-and-brown leaves, crisp nights, apple cider—these are all things to enjoy in the upcoming months.
Unfortunately, autumn can also bring serious personal injuries. Before we plunge into autumn, you should take a moment to learn about the common causes of autumn injuries and what you can do to avoid them.
What causes injuries in autumn?
Injuries can happen any time, any place, to anyone. Some of the most common causes of accidents in the autumn include:
- Slippery walkways: With temperatures dropping, frost will soon cover the ground. This can leave walkways hazardously slippery.
- Fallen leaves: Though the fallen leaves are beautiful to look at, they can also cause serious slip-and-falls and trip-and-fall injuries.
- Poorly lit areas: Daylight disappears quickly in the fall. If an area does not have adequate lighting, you could injure yourself in the dark.
- Car accidents: In the same vein, dark evenings mean that drivers have a harder time seeing pedestrians or other vehicles. And with autumn holidays around the corner, some people choose to drink and drive—a dangerous combination.
Even if you take every precaution you can think of, you cannot always avoid an accident. This does not mean that you should constantly fear an accident. It simply means that you should take reasonable precautions to protect yourself and the people you love.
What to do after an accident
If you suffer an accident this fall, these are the steps to take:
- Seek medical attention
- Have the police file a report
- Get the contact information and insurance information of the other party plus any witnesses
- Speak to an injury attorney
With awareness and sensible safety measures, you can enjoy a happy autumn. And if you or someone you love does experience an injury, you can always seek legal help to move on with your life.