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Pedestrians are vulnerable throughout the winter

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2021 | Personal Injury |

For people of all ages, walking is an excellent way to stay fit and have fun. However, during the winter, pedestrians need to be more cautious this time of the year when they navigate their way along sidewalks and roadways covered with slushy snow and ice. They should keep in mind that road safety is the responsibility of all. Although drivers must stop at red lights and stop signs, and most of them do, there will always be those who don’t, and pedestrians in their way could suffer severe injuries or worse. 

Be cautious at crosswalks

A slip-and-fall accident in an icy crosswalk can occur in the blink of an eye. Wearing bright colours to improve visibility and slip-on cleats for better traction are reasonable precautions, but pedestrians should never rush to get to the other side. Waiting for a vehicle to pass before crossing can save lives, even if the pedestrian has the right of way. However, those who wear snow cleats should change to regular shoes before walking on stone, tiles or other polished surfaces.  

Avoid distracted walking

Pedestrians must be alert while making their way across the road and while walking on the sidewalk. That requires them to hold their heads up and scan their surroundings. Pedestrians can’t pay attention to their surroundings while looking at their smartphones or listening to music on their headphones. Distracted pedestrians risk their own lives and also the lives of vehicle occupants if an accident happens. 

Negligent drivers do not cause all pedestrian accidents; a pedestrian’s negligence could also result in an accident. Proving fault is an essential step for injured parties to be able to pursue financial relief by filing personal injury lawsuits in an Ontario civil court. 

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