Tips to Avoid Winter Weather Accidents
As we go through the winter months, concerns arise about cold weather hazards. Getting from point A to point B is a bit more complicated when the path is covered in ice and snow. Winter accident hazards on the sidewalk and on the highway leave victims with potentially serious injuries: sprains and strains; broken bones; and head, neck, and spine injuries.
The following are some tips to enjoy the beauty of winter without becoming an accident statistic.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Pennsylvania winters can get particularly frigid and see significant amounts of snow throughout the state. When temperatures fluctuate wildly, rain today may turn to ice tomorrow. Inevitably, doctors and emergency rooms will see an increase in weather-related injuries.
To avoid painful slip and fall accidents:
- Wear slip-resistant footwear
- Walk slowly and deliberately
- Keep your arms and hands free for stabilization
- Be alert to the possibility of black ice
- Utilize anti-slip door and floor mats
- Be extra cautious entering and exiting vehicles and walking up and down steps and ramps
Winter slip and fall accidents do not only occur outside. Ice and snow tracked indoors creates a slippery surface. Property owners and operators are expected to ensure their premises are safe for the public. That includes mopping up melted snow often and placing anti-slip floor coverings near entrances.
If they fail to prevent or remove known hazards, they may be held liable for injuries experienced as a result.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
When it comes to preventing winter weather car accidents, one of the most important things you can do is make sure your vehicle is well-maintained and ready for the extreme temperatures:
- Top off all fluids
- Check tires for wear, tear, and proper inflation
- Clear and all surfaces of the car of ice and snow before departing
- Replace windshield wipers as needed
- Keep an emergency kit on board at all times with water, non-perishable foods, blankets, and a flashlight
Driving in poor weather requires extra caution and patience. Because it takes more time and distance to stop on wet, icy roads, motorists should follow at a greater distance than usual. They should approach intersections slowly and avoid frequent stops, as they may cause the vehicle to spin out of control.
When stopping, begin to press the brakes slowly and gently well before coming to a stop sign or intersection. Always check the weather along your route before you depart. Unexpected storms can leave you stranded in dangerous conditions.
Not only do winter accident hazards result in physical pain and injury for victims, they take an economic toll on them as well. Victims face extensive medical costs and lost income if they are unable to work. Compensation from a personal injury claim can help to alleviate the financial burden victims face after an unfortunate accident.
Philadelphia Injury Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C Provide Skilled Representation for Winter Weather-Related Injuries
The Philadelphia injury lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. advocate for clients injured in all types of accidents, including but not limited to slip and fall accidents, car accidents, work accidents, defective product accidents, and construction accidents. We handle the crucial details and documentation surrounding your claim, so you are free to focus on the healing process.
We offer free consultations to discuss your situation and recommend your best next step after an accident. We take the time to explain your options and answer your questions. Call 888-999-1962 or contact us online to schedule your consultation today in any of our convenient locations. We have offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Pinehurst, North Carolina to serve clients in the surrounding areas.