Winter poses specific hazards for the pedestrian. You need to take extreme care when leaving the house. Here are some tips to avoid pedestrian accidents during the winter.
Stay on the Sidewalk
You want to stay as far away from the road as possible. Not only can ice cause you to slip and lose your balance, but vehicles can slip and slide too. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic and stay as close to the curb as possible. Also, make sure to wear bright and reflective clothing.
Look for Lighting
Sunset is early during the winter. This means that you will be walking in the dark more often. Try to walk where there is lighting so that cars can see you and so that you can see ice and snow.
Be Careful When Crossing the Street
Use caution when crossing the street. Just because you don’t see any ice doesn’t mean it’s not there. It can be hiding under a layer of thin snow, or there can be black ice covering the walkway. Walk slowly and carefully.
Don’t Block Your Vision
Yes, you want to stay warm. But beware of blocking your vision in any manner by wearing hats, scarves, ski masks, or anything else that blocks you from seeing ahead or to the side. You need to be able to see when a car is coming from behind you.
If you suffered a winter-related injury, be sure to contact a personal injury lawyer. This is the only way to ensure that you will receive full compensation for your costs.