As the snow continues to fall, it is important for pedestrians to be aware of the risks of walking during the winter weather. While many pedestrians are continuously focused on vehicles and commonly distracted drivers, it is important to be conscious of the dangers posed by icy sidewalks and roadways as a result of inclement weather conditions.
With any slippery surface, there is an increased risk of slip and fall accident, resulting in an injury, occurring on the premises. Even after a heavy rainstorm during the winter months, the freezing temperatures can ice over the sidewalks and crosswalks. Furthermore, after most winter snowstorms, pedestrians are forced to step into the street, because a path to the sidewalk has not been cleared. This increases the risk of being struck by a vehicle.
In addition to being a victim of a slip and fall, icy roadways can result in a motor vehicle driver hitting a patch of ice, losing control of their vehicle, and colliding into a pedestrian. According to a report by CBS News, pedestrians are most at risk of being victim to an accident during the winter season. Furthermore, if pedestrians and motor vehicle operators are not careful, plowed snow piles can create an obstructed view, which can lead to a collision resulting in death or serious injuries.
How to Stay Safe as a Winter Walker
Here are a few safety tips for pedestrians during the winter months:
- Do not use a cell phone or other electronic device while walking;
- Wear bright reflective clothes or gear;
- Wear shoes that will decrease the chances of slipping;
- Avoid walking too quickly;
- Do not carry loose or heavy items;
- Cross the street at a crosswalk;
- Adhere to traffic signs;
- Pay attention to your surroundings;
- Do not use headphones or hats that may inhibit your ability to hear sounds; and
- Walk in the direction towards oncoming traffic.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is important to contact an experienced pedestrian injury lawyer, because you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Richard P. Rinaldo, Esq. are skilled personal injury lawyers, who will fight for the compensation you deserve. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our New Jersey personal injury lawyers, call 908-352-2500 or fill out our contact form.