Taking on the winter elements as a pedestrian requires a great deal of caution in order to steer clear of injury and any dangerous interactions with drivers. Always ensure that you and your loved ones take these necessary steps to stay safe while navigating those icy sidewalks in Ottawa or Kingston.
Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
One of the greatest dangers to pedestrians is not paying attention to what’s happening around you. These days, with our mobile devices distracting us at every moment, it’s easy to forget about how important it is to pay attention when you head out, no matter what time of year it is. But the winter clearly provides a greater danger with icy and snowy weather. So stay alert and pay attention as you head out – especially when crossing the road. You can’t always rely on drivers to see you in snowy conditions or to stop in time on icy roads.
Always Be Visible
Poor visibility can be a common occurrence during the winter. As storms whip up, blowing snow can make it a challenge to clearly see what may lie ahead for drivers. And as pedestrians, we must take this into consideration as we walk along. Try to always make yourself visible by wearing appropriate clothing that so you don’t blend in, especially at night.
Look Around Snow Banks Before Crossing
As all of that snow accumulates and gets tossed to the side, snow banks can present a challenge when it comes to safely crossing the road. They can create barriers that neither the pedestrians nor drivers can see too well behind and around. And since you’re more vulnerable as a pedestrian, it’s imperative to carefully and slowly look around snow banks before crossing the road. Whether it’s a suburban area or the city streets, never assume a driver can see you.
Predict Icy Conditions
Being aware of icy or harsh weather conditions – during or immediately after a storm – is important so you can be prepared and predict conditions (such as icy roads) for drivers. By staying on top of the weather conditions, you can know when to use greater caution.
Winter presents a number of challenges for both drivers and pedestrians alike. But when it comes to travelling by foot and crossing those snowy roads, we must use extra caution and always be vigilant about our surroundings. There’s a responsibility on both parts to stay safe and help each other stay safe to avoid winter accidents.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, auto accident, or slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Zuber Brioux to learn more about your legal rights.