The Top Dangers of Ice — And How to Handle Them

Whether you’re walking, driving, or performing household maintenance, ice poses a huge risk to your health and wellbeing. A brief encounter can lead to everything from broken hips to traumatic brain injuries, as highlighted below:

Pedestrian Dangers

Keeping your balance can be tricky when you set foot on ice — especially if it’s obscured by a thin layer of snow. Seniors and easily injured individuals are especially prone to ice-related falls. These can cause a wide range of acute health issues or exacerbate chronic conditions.

Options for reducing the risk of falling include:

  • Regularly treating your driveway and sidewalk.
  • Using handrails for added support.
  • Wearing sturdy shoes with plenty of grip.
  • Taking advantage of attached garages and other indoor parking options when available.
  • Limiting the number of items carried inside from your car. Resist the urge to make just one trip when bringing groceries inside.

Road Hazards

The dangers of black ice are no secret, and yet, unexpected patches regularly cause drivers to lose control. Unable to brake effectively, unsuspecting drivers may be vulnerable to fender benders, or worse, head-on collisions and rollovers. These accidents can best be avoided by:

  • Switching to snow tires when winter arrives
  • Minimizing texting and other behind-the-wheel distractions
  • Driving slowly during icy conditions
  • Heeding weather experts’ advice when they warn drivers to stay home.

Whether ice played a role in a recent car accident or slip and fall incident, you deserve support from an attorney you can trust. Look to Regan Zambri Long PLLC for assistance through the entirety of your personal injury case.