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With slick roads come slick sidewalks and injuries of all sorts

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The winter mix is making roads and sidewalks slick. It's the perfect formula for people to slip and fall and hospitals in the metro say that's exactly the kind of injuries they saw Friday.

When wet roads give way to icy road, many enact the common sense advice of slowing down. But many may also not know that people are actually more likely to hurt themselves while out walking around and busy doctors said it can have some real consequences.

"Motor vehicle crashes used to be the number one cause of trauma in the United States, and it's been replaced by falls," said Dr. Don Fishman.

Overland Park Regional Medical Center saw the effects of that Friday. They were four times busier than normal with some car crashes and lots of slips and falls on the ice.

"Just stepped down and boom their feet went out from underneath them," Fishman explained of one person he treated.

He said it happens at all ages. Fourteen back braces stacked up outside their emergency room Friday, giving an idea of how busy it got after the morning freeze.

Patients also came in with head injuries and a list of other damages.

"Pelvic fractures, rib fractures, fractures of people's backs, so some pretty serious injuries actually," Fishman said.

With this being one of the first winter blasts of the season and it still unfolding, doctors say the common sense advice works on people's feet too - slow down.

"Think that there could be ice, look where you're going, pay attention to your footing, your environment around you, especially on uneven surfaces. To just be careful, because it can happen to anybody," Fishman said.

Fishman said what was striking Friday was how serious the injuries were - they had pelvic breaks that were really sharp. It's a sign of how unprepared people were for the slippery conditions and how much it caught them off guard.

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