Watch For Ice and Snow While Walking This Winter
Wisconsin winters are tough, and most of us are well prepared for winter weather. But if you plan on getting around on foot this winter, it’s important to be aware that your risks will increase if there’s ice and snow on the ground. Walking is already dangerous, especially near busy streets, and slips and falls are not only dangerous themselves, but they can put you at risk of falling into the path of traffic.
To reduce your risks this winter, keep these tips in mind:
- Stick to sidewalks and crosswalks.
The safest place to walk when you’re near traffic is sidewalks and crosswalks. In fact, crossing the street outside of a crosswalk when one is available is illegal. These areas also more likely to be treated with ice, making the ice less slippery.
- Wear brightly colored clothing.
When snow is falling, visibility can be reduced. If you’re walking, it’s important that you make it easy for drivers to see you. The best way to do that is to wear brightly colored clothing. A colorful jacket, hat, and scarf can make you stand out against the white snow-covered landscape.
- Be prepared to fall.
Ice isn’t always visible, and certain patches of ice can be slicker than others. When you’re walking in the winter and the temperature is below freezing, you should be ready to fall. That means keeping your hands out of your pocket, walking slowly, taking shorter steps, and planting your entire foot on the ground with each step.
Winter weather can make life more dangerous, but it doesn’t have to lead to crashes and injuries. When they happen because of others’ negligence, we’re here to help. Contact the Appleton pedestrian accident lawyers at Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.