How to Avoid Slip & Fall Accidents This Winter

Snowy road and bridge in NYC

Jack Frost is coming to town, and not in a good way! New York City can experience severe icy conditions during the winter months as deep freezing temperatures descend along streets and pathways. Icy roads can become hazardous to pedestrians and motor vehicles and cause significant accidents resulting in long-term injuries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, In 2017, there were 20,460 ice, sleet, and snow-related injuries. What can you do to avoid a slip and fall accident on an icy sidewalk in New York this winter? Here are some helpful tips:

Be Alert For Ice Hazards

It’s essential to be aware of the increased risk of an injury due to cold temperatures bringing slippery ice and snow. One of the most hazardous types of ice to be mindful of is black ice, black ice is slippery and difficult to recognize.

  • Take short steps to avoid black ice by only using sidewalks that have been treated with salt and have been cleared.

  • Be careful and walk slowly in the early morning hours. Ice tends to form overnight due to the freezing temperature.

  • It is vital to always clear streets, pathways, and sidewalks from snow and ice. It’s always a good idea to treat surfaces with salt immediately after a winter storm.

Wear Appropriate Footwear

Choosing footwear that provides ample ankle and foot support will help with your balance when walking in icy conditions. Wearing a pair of insulated or rubber boots that are water-resistant and durable can provide good traction. Having a good pair of boots to withstand the slippery streets can prevent skidding on the ice.

Utilize Handrails

During the winter months reducing the risk of slipping and falling on ice is one of the most crucial things to do. If you have to walk on outdoor stairs, use the handrails to help support you. Consider taking small steps to maintain your balance.

Contact a New York Slip and Fall Attorney

After an accident, it is vital to contact an attorney to discuss your case and find out your options. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact us at (646) 846-4776 to find out how one of our injury attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve.