Seattle Winter Weather Pedestrian Safety TipsMany doctors recommend walking as a low-impact way to improve your health. When a slip and fall or other accident occurs, however, walking can cause serious injury instead of making you healthier. Experienced Seattle pedestrian accident attorneys have seen many pedestrians injured in conditions that result from winter weather. Here are several ways to keep yourself safer while still enjoying fresh air on your travels:
Use the sidewalk whenever possible.
Stick to the sidewalks, even if it means walking through snow. If you have no choice but to walk in the street, walk facing into traffic and as close to the curb as possible. Cars and trucks may slip on snow or ice and hit you even if the drivers are watching, so work out a route that doesn’t require you to walk in the street.
Choose the right footwear.
Walking on snow and ice can be tricky. Improve your ability to travel safely by wearing boots with good treads. Watch where you step before placing your feet – don’t let yourself be distracted by your phone or other items. Remember that ice can hide under snow, where you may not see it until it sends you sprawling.
Use extra care when crossing roads.
Intersections rapidly become icy after a snowfall. Double and triple check that cars come to a complete stop before crossing the street. Always cross at designated crosswalks when the light signals you to cross. Remember, drivers who see you crossing a busy street may not be able to slow down or stop in time to avoid hitting you!
Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has been there for many Seattle pedestrian accident victims and their families. Let us help you pursue the financial compensation you need. Contact us at (888) 228-3860.