Cobbles are part and parcel of quintessential English village life. Although they have an undeniably charming aesthetic and they look twee, they can be hazardous. If you’re planning a staycation this summer or you’re lucky enough to live somewhere with quaint cobbled streets, here are some tips to help you navigate treacherous terrain and prevent slips, trips and falls when walking on cobbles.
Wear suitable footwear
Cobbles are uneven and are notoriously difficult to walk on, even in the sturdiest walking shoes, so try to avoid wearing ill-fitting shoes, sandals or stilettos if you know that you’re going to be covering cobbled streets. It’s a good idea to wear shoes that offer plenty of support for the ankles, such as boots, if you are walking a long way on cobbles or uneven paving, as there is a high risk of turning the ankle.
Keep to the pavement
If there’s a pavement, which is flat and even nearby, try to opt for this path, rather than the more hazardous option of the cobbles. It’s much easier to walk on flat ground and the risk of public place slips and falls will be much lower.
Keep your eyes on the path
This may seem obvious, but many people would admit that they can get distracted very easily when walking. Using phones, talking and listening to music can also take your attention off the path, so take care and try to focus on what you’re doing.
Take care in extreme weather conditions
Ice, snow and heavy rain can make walking on cobbles very dangerous and increase the risk of falling in a public place. Take your time and go steady. If the weather is really bad, don’t go out unless you really have to.
Watch out for warning signs
If there’s a pot hole, roadworks, a hidden step or uneven ground, these should be flagged up according to health and safety measures, so be vigilant and look out for advisory warnings.
Claiming compensation for a slip on the cobbles
If you’ve slipped in a public place, such as a town centre, you may be able to claim public place accident compensation. If you suffered slip, trip or fall injuries and you were not to blame and the incident happened within the last three years, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim public liability compensation.
Call us now on 0800 689 0500 for expert advice from highly trained and experienced personal injury lawyers.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice