Winter ‘Bewareness’ on Roads and Highways

As we move into the winter months, truck accidents become more common. The reasons are quite obvious: snow, sleet and ice. The roads become slippery. Combine that with fog and shorter and darker days, plus the possibility of an impaired driver, and the risks go up exponentially. We all know that when it’s car versus big 18-wheelers, the odds are that the truck will win.

Though many holiday parties have been cancelled this year due to the virus, there are still going to be people out there who are irresponsible enough to drive and drive.

Bottom line: Be extra careful. Watch your speed. Check your blind spot. Stay off your phone. Your friends at Tauber Law Offices remind you that using a phone while driving (unless you have a hands-free device) is now against the law in many states, including Indiana and Illinois.

Watch Your Step!

Every year there are over 300,000 serious injuries caused by slips and falls. They also cause up to 20,000 deaths a year.

Some of them are just accidents with no one to blame. Others are the result of home and business owners who neglect their floors and sidewalks.

  • Wear smart shoes. Choose those with non-slip, grooved rubber, or neoprene soles. Check out the devices you can clip onto your boots or shoes for better traction. Do not wear shoes or boots with smooth leather or plastic soles.
  • Walk small. Imitate the way a penguin takes short, shuffling, flat-footed steps with the feet pointed slightly outward.
  • Walk cautiously. Your arms help you keep your balance. Don’t walk with your hands in your pockets and avoid carrying heavy or bulky packages.
  • Watch where you walk. Assume any dark, wet spots are slippery. Sometimes what appears to simply be wet might be an invisible layer of “black” ice.
  • Always use handrails where they are available.
  • Wear sunglasses on sunny days. The bright glare can make it hard to see slippery surfaces.
  • Wearing heavy layers can help cushion a fall should you go down, but be careful not to wear too much bulk so that it hinders your movement or blocks your vision or hearing.
  • Do not forget to remove snow and ice from the bottom of your shoes once you get inside. Wet feet can make a bare floor as slippery as the ice is outside.
  • Help your older friends and relatives on snow and ice. Slips and falls can be extremely dangerous for seniors. If you are older, don’t shy away from asking others for a helping hand.

*Information provided by HealthPartners, a not-for-profit HMO.

Be nice. De-ice.

If a business neglects its responsibility and you slip and fall on a floor that is wet or on an icy sidewalk, the business may be liable for any injuries. Examples of negligence include:

  • Not removing snow and ice from parking lots, sidewalks, and walkways
  • Not posting signage warning that the floor is wet

The same liability may also apply to a homeowner if you are injured on their property.

No case, though, is open and shut. Every situation is different. However, if you suspect negligence caused your injury because of a fall, contact Tauber Law Offices. We can help to see if you have a case. If we think you do, we will be there with you until you receive a fair settlement.

Meanwhile, be safe and stay warm! Even though the holiday season is quite different this year, do your best to enjoy it. Hopefully, better times are coming in 2021.

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