During a wet winter, you’ll likely find yourself exposed to the elements whether you’re walking to or from work or during the weekend when people like to get out and do activities. If you’re doing any of these, you must be sure to take extra care when walking on the street in heavy rain. Accidents in public places, such as slips, trips and falls, tend to be more common when the streets and pavements are wet.
What are the most common accident hazards when walking on the street in heavy rain?
Heavy rain can affect your grip and make surfaces very slippery; it can also make it more difficult to see where you’re going, especially if it’s misty or foggy as well. Here are some of the most common hazards to try and avoid when walking on the street in heavy rain:
- surface water and puddles
- slippery pavements and cobbles
- uneven flooring
- hidden manholes
- hidden steps (these may be covered if the street floods)
The most common types of accident in wet weather are slips and trips; falls in public places such as shops, supermarkets and banks, are also more common.
Preventing accidents in bad weather
If you’ve got to go out and it’s raining heavily, try and follow these simple steps to reduce your risk of slip and trip injuries:
- wear suitable footwear with good grip
- stick to designated paths and pedestrian crossings
- take extra care when going up and down stairs
- look out for potential obstructions, such as umbrellas in shop doorways
- look out for warning signs alerting you to uneven ground, hidden steps or road works
Can I claim compensation for a fall in the street?
If you’ve been injured in a public place such as a town centre and you were not at fault, you may have a case for public liability compensation. If you can prove that the incident occurred as a result of negligence on the part of another person or organisation, you may be eligible for slip, trip and fall compensation. Examples may include tripping on a broken paving stone which was not clearly marked; in this case, the council may be liable.
If you have had a public place accident and you would like to find out more about how to claim no win, no fee* compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown