Cincinnati News: With the recent snowpocalypse sweeping the nation, Cincinnati residents have faced more ice, snow, and harsh winter weather conditions than they have seen in years. This also leads to hidden health risk to unsuspecting pedestrians.
Cincinnati is full of hills and valleys, making icy sidewalks dangerous and deadly. After recent snow and icy weather, high-traffic pedestrian areas in the downtown Cincinnati area and Over-the-Rhine are unsafe for pedestrian traffic. Road crews have focused on clearing roads for vehicle traffic, but have neglected foot traffic. With snow piling up and walkways not cleared it makes walking around some areas of Cincinnati impossible and extremely dangerous. This is where the risk of slip-and-fall accidents increase . The icy walkways are so treacherous in some areas of Cincinnati pedestrians are forced to walk in the street. This poses an additional danger for pedestrian and traffic accidents. Many business owners have tried to clear the sidewalks in front of their businesses and shops, but it is the areas between shops that seem to pose the biggest risk to pedestrians.
Avoiding Ice-Related Slip and Fall Accidents
During this season of dangerous, icy weather, avoiding slip and fall accidents on Cincinnati sidewalks will prevent expensive medical bills and painful injuries. Take the following precautions to avoid ice and snow-related injuries this winter:
- Wear footwear with maximum traction like snow boots when walking on icy sidewalks
- Avoid ice sheets and walking over snow, which could hide dangerous ice underneath the snowy surface
- If you must walk in the road, check for traffic before stepping into the road. Drivers do not expect pedestrians to walk in the road and may not be looking. You are responsible for your own safety while walking on the road.
- Take small, careful steps and try to feel for slippery ground before placing your weight on a possible icy patch.
- Let business owners know if there is dangerous ice on their property.
These simple steps will help reduce your chances of seeing any slip and fall accidents during winter storms.
Ohio Slip and Fall Injury Statistics
According to the National Safety Council, an average of about 20,000 people die as a result of complications from slip and fall injuries each year. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls are the number one cause of emergency room visits. In 1995, over 20 percent of emergency room visits across the nation were the result of slip and fall injuries. Between 2002 and 2005, Ohio saw over 50,000 fall accidents among children under the age of 14.
Cincinnati Slip and Fall Evaluations
If you or a loved one were injured in a slip and fall accident and you’re looking for an Cincinnati law firm that will guarantee the caring, personalized and loyal representation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact Wright & Schulte LLC today. Ohio state law sets a two-year statute of limitations for lawsuits regarding personal injury, medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and property damage, so it’s important to act quickly. For a free, no obligation legal evaluation of your case, simply fill out the online form on the right, or give Wright & Schulte LLC a call, at (937)-222-7477.