As winter firmly settles into the region, walking will become more difficult. Sidewalks and driveways will be slippery, and parking lots will be the same. The dangers of walking across snow and ice are real, but with the proper precautions you can reduce your risk of slipping and injuring yourself on the hard ground.
1. Stay Off Your Phone
If you are walking, keep your phone in your pocket. Distracted walking can be just as dangerous, at least personally, as distracted driving. Some cities across the country are even considering legislation to make it illegal to use a cell phone while walking across the road. Keep your eyes on the path ahead.
2. Stay Visible
You should be visible, no matter the time of day or night. Wear bright clothing that is easily noticed. If your clothing doesn’t have reflective strips, put a piece of reflective tape on your jacket or across your backpack if you are wearing one. You can also consider attaching a glow stick to your bag at night.
3. Wear the Right Footwear
Ballet flats and smooth-soled shoes may be right for the office, but they aren’t appropriate for walking in the snow and over the ice. Make sure you are wearing tennis shoes with good traction or boots that are made for walking in the snow. The right footwear can help you stay on your feet no matter the conditions you are walking in.
4. Schedule Your Outings
If you have things that need to be done and are planning on walking, schedule your outings appropriately. Give yourself extra time as well so you don’t make poor decisions when you are in a hurry.
5. Stay Light
Don’t weigh yourself down when you are walking over snow and ice. The extra weight could throw off your balance. If you need to carry things, wear a bag that distributes weight evenly, such as a backpack.
6. Don’t Jaywalk
It’s never a good idea to jaywalk, but it can be especially dangerous in the winter. Make sure you cross at intersections and through marked crosswalks. Don’t be in such a hurry that you are tempted to dart into the street and in front of cars that may not be able to stop in time.
7. Make Eye Contact
Make eye contact with drivers before you step into the street, even if you are at a marked crosswalk. When you make eye contact with someone behind the wheel, you can be assured that they see you and, hopefully, understand your intention to cross the street.
If you are injured in a pedestrian versus vehicle accident in Charlotte this winter, you may have rights to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more. Reach out to our team of experienced personal injury attorneys for assistance. We will review the details of your case during a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation and advise you of your legal options.