As December fast approaches, temperatures are dropping, and the snow is falling. While winter wonderlands are perfect for the holiday season, they can also be dangerous. Slip and fall accidents can be quite common around this time of year due to unsafe conditions on the streets, sidewalks, and other walking surfaces. These types of accidents may seem trivial, but they can cause serious injuries, including broken bones, bruising, and traumatic brain injuries. Illinois property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises safe and free from hazards, but there are some steps that you can take to prevent a winter slip and fall accident.
Black ice can be one of the most dangerous winter conditions for both drivers and pedestrians. Due to its ability to blend in with the color of the pavement, black ice can be difficult to spot, especially at night. It is important to be cautious when crossing roadways in the winter. In addition, it is recommended to slow down, take your time, and avoid running or walking at a quick pace.
People who are walking outside in the cold often keep their hands in their pockets in an effort to stay warm. While this can help keep your fingers toasty, it can also cause you to have decreased control over your balance. If you slip while your hands are in your pockets, you might not be able to steady yourself or prevent a fall.
Snow and ice are nearly unavoidable in an Illinois winter, so having the right footwear is key to ensuring that you can walk safely. You should wear boots or other footwear that have thick, treaded soles. Shoes that are flat on the bottom can increase your risk of slipping and falling. Shoes that have a bit of tread have better traction and can give you a little bit more stability.
Anyone can experience a slip and fall accident, but if you experience a serious fall injury because of someone else's negligence, you may be able to recover financial compensation. Our skilled DuPage County personal injury lawyers understand how a slip and fall injury can affect your life. At the Mevorah Law Offices LLC, we have more than 200 years of combined personal injury experience and the knowledge needed to help you fight for the compensation that you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 630-932-9100.
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