There’s no better time than the current winter storm for a reminder about slip and fall injuries in the winter snow, ice and slush.
On the heels of the largest dumping of snow in Maryland’s recent recorded history, we now have a very humid winter storm that will create the usual snow and ice along with some hazardous fog due to the humidity and the just-around-freezing temperatures. It is important to be aware of your surroundings whether driving or walking to avoid a sudden slip or fall that could lead to serious injury.
The first thing to be aware of is your footwear and it cannot be emphasized enough. Your favorite pair of winter shoes or boots may still fit you great, but are the treads still good enough? Make sure your treads still have sufficient grip and are not worn too flat. It may seem obvious, but this is something often taken for granted that can lead to you winding up flat on your back.
If you like to run or jog at night and are not deterred by the snow and ice, be sure to carry a good, bright flashlight or wear a headlamp so you can see ice patches before they surprise you. When you hear people discuss black ice, it’s usually in reference to driving at night; however, black ice is just as much of a hazard for joggers, runners and even walkers at night especially in residential areas where gutters and rainspouts direct rain water and snow melt drainage out to the sidewalks and streets. This drainage can freeze quickly and create a hazard.
On your own property – especially if you have a sidewalk – make sure you have a good supply of rock salt or other form of ice-melting product and use it regularly to keep your driveway, sidewalk or other walkway clear of ice. Always keep extra on hand in case of emergency. While you’re at it, as the temperature fluxuates and you get accumulations of water, get rid of all standing water on your property where people may walk, because they are ice patches waiting to happen when the temperature goes back down.
It’s also a good idea to pick up a few neon orange construction cones to put down on your property in any areas where people walk that are more difficult to keep free and clear of ice. They’re a great easy-to-see hazard warning for visitors and they’re inexpensive to buy.
Be alert, be mindful and be careful when you’re outside this winter. If you happen to find yourself injured in a winter slip-and-fall (Note: I will link that to Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers page) or other type of accident, don’t panic. Get proper medical attention first. If you believe the accident was someone else’s fault and could have been prevented, the experienced Maryland personal injury attorneys of Alpert Schreyer, LLC are ready to put their years of knowledge and success to work for you. Call us today.