Residents in communities throughout New York are accustomed to the harsh weather the winter months can bring to the state. From freezing rain and strong winds to heavy snow and ice, these conditions dramatically impact the safety of drivers no matter the road. Unfortunately, individuals often overlook pedestrians when it comes to winter safety.
In any type of vehicle collision, a pedestrian participant is always at a significant disadvantage. From the initial impact, to falling to the ground, to being run over by the vehicle, a pedestrian often runs the risk of numerous devastating injuries from a single accident. During the winter months, however, pedestrians can take certain steps to reduce or avoid the possibility of a severe accident, including:
Poor weather often leads to slippery surfaces, loss of control and challenging visibility. While maintaining traffic safety rests on the shoulders of both pedestrians and motorists, it is the pedestrians who will suffer greatly in the event of a collision. By following these steps, a pedestrian can reduce or eliminate the possibility of severe winter injuries.
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