Over the weekend, there were more than 100 hospital-treated injuries related to the wintery weather in the Asheville area. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Mission Hospital reported 111 total injures related to the weather from Saturday to Monday, January 7-9, 2017. Nearly a quarter of the injuries happened from falls. There were some cold exposure and hypothermia injuries, and a dozen injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes. The list below is a breakdown of injuries that were treated at Mission Hospital over the weekend. On average, 37 people were treated for weather-related injuries each day this weekend.
Winter Weather Injuries in Asheville
- 24 Falls
- 57 Injuries involving all extremities
- 6 Hypothermia/ cold extremity injuries
- 4 Head injuries
- 12 Motor vehicle crash injuries
- 4 Injuries related to hip pain
- 2 Back injuries
- 1 Trauma injury
- 1 Injury related to a motorcycle crash
Winter Driving Safety
The AAA has important winter driving tips for anybody who might have to drive in snow or make a long-distance winter trip. Most importantly, they’re reminding drivers to be cautious behind the wheel. If possible, avoid driving or going out during inclement weather. If you have to go out, remember to accelerate and decelerate slowly for optimum traction on snowy or icy roadways and increased skid avoidance. Taken plenty of time to stop at lights or stop signs, and make sure to allow extra room between your car and the car in front of you. Even if you have great winter driving skills and plenty of experience driving in the snow, you can bet that plenty of people on the roadway won’t be quite as safe. When you can, stay home. If you have to go out, drive safely and get your destination in one piece.
Asheville Car Accident Lawyer
Drivers need to exercise additional caution during inclement weather. Especially where snow and ice are concerned, taking it slow and driving safely and cautiously is essential. If drivers are travelling too fast for conditions or if they’re not adjusting their driving to the weather or roadway, they’re putting lives at risk. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in or around the Asheville area, contact the skilled and proven team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 888-773-8388 for a free case consultation.