As the temperatures fall, winter precipitation begins in Pennsylvania. While many people think about how treacherous this is going to make travel by motor vehicle, they should take the time to think about how much it affects pedestrians as well.

People walking around the cities and towns of Pennsylvania count on having safe sidewalks to get around. When this doesn’t happen, pedestrians are at a heightened risk of experiencing harm.

Sidewalks must be cleared

One of the most important things is for property owners to clear sidewalks and parking lots. Expecting people to be able to walk on icy and snowy surfaces is a recipe for disaster and legal liability. Shoveling and salting sidewalks and parking lots can help to keep people safe. The need to clear sidewalks is so serious that many municipalities have specific ordinances about when this must be done. Typically, this is done by issuing a time limit when the wintry precipitation slows down or stops.

Pedestrian safety is important

During the winter months, pedestrians will have to keep up with their regular vigilance and must watch for slippery areas on the walkways. Slip and fall incidents can occur because of the slippery surface of snow and ice. Another critical situation that they must watch for is that vehicle operators may lose control.

Seeking medical care and legal guidance is critical

Any pedestrian who’s injured while they’re walking may need medical care. Some situations, such as being struck by a vehicle, may lead to catastrophic injuries. It’s possible that some, such as brain injuries, may be present without having noticeable symptoms.

When a pedestrian is injured, they can potentially seek compensation from a liable party. If a slip on a sidewalk or in a parking lot, the property owner is likely the liable individual. A person who’s struck by a vehicle may hold the driver liable. Either way, seeking necessary medical and legal guidance is generally very wise in the wake of a pedestrian accident.