When winter weather hits New York City, it is not only the coldest season of the year, it is also a season with weather conditions that encourage the incidence rate of slip-and-fall injuries as well as vehicle accidents. Icy streets and snowy sidewalks can cause people to injure themselves, and serious injuries may lead to costly medical bills and lost work in addition to the pain and suffering of the injury itself.
Here are a few practical tips to help you avoid the common slip-and-fall injury many New Yorkers face when the weather turns cold and icy, as well as stay safe from the risk of a pedestrian accident with a motor vehicle.
Report hazardous conditions
One of the best ways you can protect yourself and others on the slippery streets of New York City is by reporting conditions when they become hazardous. That way, the city can handle the proper maintenance of the slippery area, whether that means melting ice or clearing away snow.
The official website of the City of New York advises residents to avoid calling in a report when snow is falling, because complaints are not accepted at that time. There are also responsibilities for property owners in terms of how quickly they must clear snow and ice from their sidewalks. You can use the website to make a complaint about snow or ice in front of public property.
Stay alert to vehicles during inclement weather
New York City is full of traffic, and winter ice and snow makes driving more dangerous. Drivers in winter weather also present a risk to pedestrians on the city’s streets and sidewalks, because if the driver loses control of the car in poor driving conditions, he or she may hit a pedestrian crossing the street. Pedestrian injuries occur year round, but you should take special precaution while walking in inclement weather. If a car hits you while you are walking on the city’s streets, you may be entitled to compensation. This involves filing a legal claim and could lead to litigation in which a judge awards damages.
Winter pedestrian injuries from slips and falls or from traffic accidents are unfortunately all-too-common in New York City. If you walk the streets with increased awareness, you can likely avoid many of the risks that ice and snow present.