A new year means New Year’s resolutions! During a time of year when slippery conditions are popping up all over Central Pennsylvania roadways, it’s important to keep safety top of mind as many of us have made a promise to be safer and healthier in 2022.
As temperatures drop, icy conditions can become dangerous for anyone spending time outdoors. Whether driving on the roads or walking down sidewalks, you may be at risk of an icy accident and serious injuries. Anstine’s attorneys share tips on how to avoid some of the most common icy accidents.
Be Mindful of Slippery Ramps and Stairways
Ramps and stairways can lead to dangerous slip and fall injuries. Be mindful when walking up or down these areas. As a safety precaution, always hold the hand rail for extra support and balance, and try to walk only on areas that have been covered with rock salt.
Be Prepared for Black Ice
Be prepared to take control of your vehicle when driving in conditions where black ice may be present. Black ice is a transparent coating of ice most commonly formed on roads that do not drain properly, where standing water turns to ice in freezing conditions. Because it’s not easily visible, it can be difficult to avoid. Driving over black ice can lead to an accident, which is why it’s critical to be aware of your surroundings and in control of your vehicle at all times.
Watch Out for Falling Icicles
Icicles can fall from buildings, rooftops, trees and other structures and are often considered a hidden danger because they often are not in our direct field of vision. It’s important to remember that icicles form in freezing conditions and can cause injuries and/or damage when falling. Be careful when walking under areas with icicles and watch for overarching trees and powerlines covered in icicles, too, while driving.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of ice or winter weather conditions, reach out to the specialized accident and personal injury attorneys at Dale E. Anstine. With offices in York and Gettysburg, our team is proud to protect the injured across the Central PA community. Consultations are always free, we’re available 24/7, and there’s no fee unless we win for you.