According to Children’s
Safety Network, an average of about 67,000 child pedestrians get injured
every year, with 704 of those resulting in death. And while winter in Texas is
relatively mild, however, risks of personal injury during the winter are
inevitable. The best solutions to avoid slip and fall and other winter-related accidents
when walking during the winter season are preparation and awareness.
Communities, schools, and parents are preparing and sharing solutions and tips
for students and other pedestrians to be safe during the winter weather walk to
To ensure safety for your children, we at Wash & Thomas
Attorneys have gathered school safety tips walking during the winter weather.
Clothing and Footwear
When walking in the snow, make sure to wear proper winter
clothing and footwear. Wear layers to keep warm. Don’t forget to wear gloves or
mittens, as well as a hat. If it’s still too cold, wear a scarf or a face mask
to prevent the face from getting frostbite. It is also better if the clothes
are in bright colors and are reflective since it tends to be dark much of the
day during this season.
The ideal type of shoes to wear when walking in the snow are
sturdy boots with rubber soles. Get a pair that is a size bigger so the wool
socks can fit. The air inside will also be warmer compared to tight boots. When
the surface you would be walking on is icy, wear ice cleats to improve
Walk Slowly and
Be mindful of the surroundings and walk slowly, especially
when on an icy surface and when climbing up or walking down the stairs. As much
as possible, avoid walking on wet, snowy, and icy surfaces. Instead of looking
down while walking, look up and plan ahead. See where the next slippery areas
are to avoid them and be aware of any vehicles nearby. Looking up also makes
you aware of what you’re walking under. Watch out for falling snow and ice. If
possible, have your kids walk to school with peers or an adult.
Remind your kids to stay hydrated as the cold can cause
dehydration. Dehydration can cause chances of slip and fall accidents to
increase due to confusion and loss of focus.
In Case of Injury, Call
a Texas Personal Injury Attorney
Aside from preparing yourself and your children for safety
during the winter, premise owners and occupiers also have the responsibility to
keep their areas safe for pedestrians, as much as drivers have to be
responsible on the road. Under the law, you can get help from a Texas personal
injury attorney in filing complaints and claims for personal injury due to the
negligence of the property owner or the driver.
If you are a loved one has been injured in a winter-related
accident, discuss your situation with an experienced Texas
personal injury attorney at Wash & Thomas Attorneys. Our Texas personal
injury attorney has the experience, expertise, and resources to help you pursue
fair compensation for your injuries.