Avoiding a Pedestrian Accident in Winter
A winter walk can be a great way to relax and enjoy the fabulous views along the Front Range. However, if you are not careful, your walk could end up becoming a quick trip to the emergency room. The following are some winter walking tips that will help ensure your trip doesn’t result in a slip, trip, and fall, or another type of pedestrian accident.
Make sure you are wearing the proper footwear. Whether you choose boots, shoes, etc., check the tread before leaving the house. Good tread will help you maintain your footing as you tread across snow, ice, or puddles.
It’s also vital to dress appropriately. Since Colorado weather is notoriously fickle, this means dressing in layers that you can take off and put back on as needed. Moreover, make sure to choose brightly colored jackets, scarves, pants, etc. This will help motorists see you when you enter intersections or stroll down the sidewalk.
You will want to stick to paths and routes you know. While it can be tempting to explore, you should curb your enthusiasm when snow, ice, or other obstructions are present. When you travel known routes, you are less likely to encounter surprises that can cause stumbles.
When you are out and about, pay attention to your surroundings. Make sure to pay close attention to vehicular traffic, cyclists, and other pedestrians. Be prepared to adjust and respond to events and actions in your immediate vicinity.
If you plan to arrive at your destination or return home after the sun slips beneath the horizon, be sure to take a flashlight with you. When darkness falls, it is also advisable to stick to well-lit and clearly marked paths.
When crossing the road, stick to the crosswalk. Do not jaywalk. Not only can you get a ticket, but you can also end up with serious personal injuries in a motor vehicle collision.
Finally, limit your distractions. Remove your headphones. Stay off the phone. This will allow you to focus on the placement of each step and the path ahead.
Contact Sloat, Nicholson & Hoover, P.C. at (303) 447-1144 for more information about steps we recommend that can help you avoid a pedestrian accident in Boulder. If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident and need assistance, we can help you get on the right path.
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