It officially feels like autumn across Omaha and Norfolk. With fewer daylight hours and pervasive cold temperatures, conditions contribute to increased risks of certain types of injuries. Please read below to learn more.
Our experienced personal injury lawyers can determine if you have a case, if your injury was caused not just by the fall weather, but also someone else's negligence. For a consultation, please call 402-371-4300.
First Frosts: Potential for Slip and Fall due to Cooler Temps
Icy roads, sidewalks, parking lots and walkways can easily lead to a slip and fall this time of year. Simply slipping and falling does not mean you have a personal injury case. If the conditions leading to the fall should have been prevented – a business owner knows about a pipe leaking water onto icy sidewalks but has not taken steps to address it, for example – then you may have a case.
Slip and falls can be catastrophic, leading to serious injuries such as:
- Spine injury
- Facial fractures
- Jaw fracture
- Back, head and neck injuries
- Scars and disfigurement
Call our attorneys to find out if someone else may be at fault.
Accidents Caused by Seasonal Factors
With the fall in full swing, several factors arise that may increase car accident risk, including:
- Daylight saving time, which has ended this week. That means it will be lighter an hour earlier in the morning, but also darker an hour earlier in the afternoon. Most people feel tired and drowsy – at least for a few days – while they adjust to standard time.
- Low light. Autumn and winter are of course marked by fewer daylight hours. You'll be driving in near dark or complete dark a fair amount. Less light makes it harder to see other vehicles and to see pedestrians. You can't see as far or as much, and that can make it difficult to anticipate and react to situations on the road as quickly as you can in the summer.
- Slick roads. Roads get icy this time of year. Increased stopping distance, poor traction and less control of the vehicle can be expected on slick roads.
Extra care is required of motorists when the weather gets seasonal. You deserve justice for careless, reckless or negligent driving behaviors that caused a crash that injured you.
Low light and wintry weather are hazardous traveling conditions for pedestrians. Anytime you travel on foot this season, take the following precautions:
- Be visible. A brightly colored jacket, backpack or hat will make you more visible to motorists.
- Avoid phone distraction. Texting or using your phone while you're walking can be dangerous. You may not realize you are crossing a driveway or in front of someone turning. It's important to keep your eyes ahead of you.
- Keep your head up. Even if you aren't using your phone, it's a good idea to keep your eyes and head up, instead of looking down. Motorists take unexpected turns and maneuvers that you want to see coming.
- Use crosswalks and intersections. It's a good idea to never jaywalk. Even if you are sure no vehicles are around, it's better to be in the habit of using designated crosswalks. Motorists should be expecting to see pedestrians at these crossings.
- Wear the right clothes and shoes. Make sure you have enough warm layers to fend off the cold, but also that your ears and eyes aren't obstructed. Stable, grippy shoes are also important, to prevent slipping and falling.
- Take steps carefully. Slow, shuffling steps on icy surfaces can prevent slipping. Taking slower steps with your knees bent slightly may also help you stay upright.
As a pedestrian who is injured by a careless motorist, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call our attorneys to learn more.
Find Out if You have a Case
Injured in a slip and fall or other accident caused by someone else's negligence? If so, please call our personal injury lawyers in Norfolk and Omaha at 402-371-4300.