Winter can be a treacherous time when many accidents occur – it’s not just elderly people who slip on ice and suffer broken bones and other injuries; it can happen to anyone. If you want to ensure you stay safe this winter, there are a few things you can bear in mind to reduce your risk of slipping in icy conditions.
Protect yourself against slipping accidents
The following tips will help you to avoid slipping on ice, or at least reduce your chances of being seriously injured:
- Avoid walking on pavements which have not been gritted or cleared – if possible stay away from steep steps or hills when it is slippery.
- Wear sensible shoes – many women are injured during the winter months due to wearing high heels in icy conditions! Flat snow boots or Wellington boots with good grips on the sole will ensure you stay upright.
- Wear a long coat, for protection if you fall. This will also help to keep you warm if you’re unable to get up and need to call for help.
- Clear paths on your property and the road outside your house, to protect visitors from slipping and falling.
- If your workplace car park or grounds are icy, speak to your manager or supervisor about clearing them, to prevent customers and staff slipping.
- If conditions are really icy and your journey isn’t urgent, consider staying indoors until things improve, or at least until the pavements have been cleared.
- Walking on the road is one way to avoid pavements which are icy – but be careful of traffic! This is only a good idea if you live in a quiet area, and you should face oncoming traffic, staying as close to the kerb as possible at all times.
Slips, trips and falls – claiming compensation
If you’ve suffered from an injury as a result of slipping on ice, you could be eligible for compensation – it depends who is to blame for your accident. If you were running in five inch heels, you can hardly expect anyone else to take the blame, but if you have genuinely been injured as a result of somebody else’s negligence – for example, icy conditions at your workplace or when entering a shopping centre – then you should give Accident Advice Helpline a call.
Our team of specialist personal injury lawyers have dealt with dozens of claims relating to winter slips, trips and falls, so we know that you’re probably feeling stressed and concerned about what happens next. We’ll explain the process to you and answer any questions you have, and if you decide to proceed with your claim, you won’t have to pay any fees upfront – our 100% no win, no fee* service is good news for those still scrimping and saving after Christmas. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.