While more people may not feel like taking their walks during the winter, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lack of pedestrian fatalities during the coldest months of the year. Drivers often cite the smaller walking areas and slippery roads as two major factors for these crashes around this time.
However, not all pedestrian accidents are the driver’s fault. People who take a walk or jog around their neighborhood around this time also need to adjust themselves for the colder temperatures. But there are more seasonal conditions that Pennsylvania pedestrians need to keep in mind when they go out to get some fresh winter air.
Your ears can get cold very fast when you are outside, so make sure you wear a hat or earmuffs to keep them nice and warm. However, be careful when bundling up to avoid severely limiting your level of hearing. You need to rely on both sight and sound to tell when a driver is coming in your direction.
Those who rely on hearing aids are even more at risk. The cold temperatures and moisture from either snow or sweat can damage your device and leave you vulnerable in the most dangerous weather of the year. Make sure you completely cover your hearing aids and take time to wipe off any excess moisture when you get the chance.
It can’t be stated enough that Pennsylvanians need to avoid wearing darker clothes at night as it makes them less visible to drivers. Unfortunately, some people may not have many coats in their closet or forget about the fact that it gets darker earlier in winter than it does during the rest of the seasons. It tends to get dark around the time most workers are heading home, so there is limited time to walk in the daylight.
A recent example can be found in Fogelsville, where a 70-year-old woman died after getting struck by a car while crossing the street. The street had no sidewalk and authorities noted that she was wearing dark clothing in the evening.
Thousands of cars crash during the winter because of the icy roads, but the same goes for people simply walking outside. You don’t want loose, slick footwear that makes it easier to slip on the ice. Aside from fall damage, you could end up slipping near the same area a car is heading in. Both you and the driver can’t control how hazardous the roads are, the only thing you can do is prepare for them.
If you took these measures and still end up getting hit by a car, then you may be eligible for a lawsuit against the driver. See what legal help is available to you to recover from a motor vehicle accident.