Why is slipping on ice so dangerous?


I tried searching for an answer on Google, but the results were full of advertisements for injury lawyers.

I guess I don’t quite comprehend how it can be so dangerous. I know lots of people end up having to go to the hospital after slipping and falling on ice, and some even die. But like—how much force can there be if you were just walking?

I’ve fallen while riding a bike / rollerblading, going much faster than walking speed. I got some scrapes and bruises but didn’t need medical help. Why is ice so dangerous?

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You’ve genuinely never slipped on ice before, your whole life? You’ll be on your butt faster than your brain can figure out what happened. Get unlucky and you’ll just crack your head on the pavement as you fall.

Slipping on ice is just as dangerous as falling on a dry surface. When slipping on ice, you tend to lose your center of gravity and are more likely to fall into an awkward position. Sometimes resulting in a head injury. It doesn’t take much force to induce a major head injury which is why you see some people pass away from slipping on ice.

At the risk of sounding r/iamverybadass, I can take a hit. I’ve been in more than my share of fights (lost my share too), and I had a physically abusive father who was fighting me like an adult when I was ten years old. I’m not indestructible but as they say in boxing, I’ve got some chin. I’ve been knocked out exactly once, and that was slipping on ice in a parking lot. All I remember is feeling like my heels weren’t planted and the next thing I knew I was on the ground trying to figure out what happened. When your feet shoot out from under you that fast, there is rotational velocity in your body that you just don’t get from a simple fall. That’s what’s dangerous.

It is how fast you fall and that you usually fall backwards so it is hard to catch yourself. Further most people wear protection when doing sports but not walking. Further old people tend not to do sports where falling is a concern. An old person with poor balance can easily fall back on ice and crack their skull.

When falling on pavement, the pavement’s natural traction gives you a much higher chance of correcting your fall, or at least falling in a way that you don’t crack your walnut.

Ice doesn’t have this traction, so it’s much harder to stop falling if you slip, or adjust your fall. Also, if you’re moving at speed when falling you might slide into more danger.