Winter Is Coming—Are You Protected against Slips and Falls?

Winter is comingand that means the roads are going to be a little bit slick for the next few months. Though we know icy roads are the cause of plenty of accidents, many people forget that they can suffer a nasty slip and fall just by walking out their front door. If you live in a state where the snowy season is especially icy, it’s important that you understand how you can protect yourself and others from the perils of an icy winter. Utah winters can be an incredibly busy season for the average Utah personal injury attorney. Make sure your winter is free of slip and fall dangers by following some important safety tips.

Take Care of Your Sidewalk

A lot of people don’t realize that, though the sidewalk is considered public, they could be liable for any injuries that occur on the sidewalk. If someone is injured on your sidewalk, you may be liable even if your sidewalk is for public use. Though some properties don’t include the sidewalk, many properties do. Furthermore, HOAs and city ordinances may mandate that you keep your sidewalk in a safe condition for anyone who wishes to use it. City ordinances can mandate that you care for the sidewalk outside your property, including snow removal, even if the sidewalk isn’t technically your property. For this reason, you should make sure that the sidewalk outside your residence is always salted and free of ice.

Take Care of Your Driveway

Though untouched snow can look beautiful when it’s spread across the entirety of your front lawn, you may want to keep it off your driveway and the walkway leading up to your front door. Having a lot of snow or ice may cause someone to become injured on your property. Also, particularly deep snow may cover up potential tripping hazards. Make sure you’re shovelling your walkways and driveway so that ice doesn’t appear or build up. However, if ice does begin to accumulate, having some rocksalt on hand is always a good idea.

When Your Car Slips and Falls

Humans aren’t the only ones who can slip and fall; plenty of automobile accidents happen in the winter that may not have happened in the summer. One of the best precautions you can take to avoid auto accidents is to make sure you’ve got the right tires before it starts to snow. Having the right tires can make a world of difference in poor driving conditions. Furthermore, due to the way ice affects the road, it can be much more difficult to stop. Studies have shown that you may need more than six hundred feet in order for your car to come to a complete stop. If you must drive on the freeway in icy conditions, make sure to drive slower and refrain from passing other drivers.

When Winter Negligence Has Injured You

If you’ve been injured by a slip and fall or icy car crash, Moxie Law Group can help provide you with the compensation you need to get back on your feet. Moxie Law Group offers free consultations to those who may wish to file a personal injury claim. If you’ve got questions about your eligibility, contact Moxie Law Group today.