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How pedestrians can be safe during the winter

There may be few times where people in New York, Philadelphia or Washington D.C. envy people in Wisconsin, but last weekend may be one of them. The largest mid-Atlantic cities experienced record snowfalls on Saturday and the cleanup is expected to last into this week. In the meantime, travel around these cities has ground to a halt. But for pedestrians, the going could be especially treacherous even after roads are opened because of swaths of ice that can be concealed by a fresh snow pack.

With that, we offer the following safety tips for pedestrians. 

Wear proper shoes – Indeed, people may focus on wearing shoes that will keep them warm at this time of year, but being able to walk with confidence is important as well. So make sure your footwear has good traction. Think about a car sliding through an intersection and how much of a problem that could be for you.

Pay attention at intersections – Generally, pedestrians should do their best to cross at an intersection instead of in the middle of a crowded street. However, pedestrians must still pay attention to traffic, as a car that may try to stop may slide through the intersection and injure a pedestrian.

Look at the driver’s eyes – Arguably the best way to avoid an accident is to look into a driver’s eyes before crossing in front of a vehicle. Making eye contact can help assure that the driver sees you before proceeding.

If you are a pedestrian who has been hit by a car, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you of your rights and options. 

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