Although drivers may have to contend with winter weather while driving at high speeds and while operating thousands of pounds of metal, Chicago winters can be dangerous for pedestrians too. Not only do you have to worry about those drivers and how well they can control their vehicles around you, but you also need to keep an eye on sidewalk conditions and watch out for slippery slush and ice. Slip and fall injuries can be quite serious, and walking carefully can help you get through the holidays in one piece.
Ice on sidewalks is one of the most treacherous things you can encounter during a Chicago winter. If store and home owners do not properly take care of their sidewalks, you may easily encounter layers of slush, snow, and ice all together. This makes walking quite dangerous so make sure you take every precaution possible. Give yourself plenty of time to walk from one place to another, so that you can slow down on slippery surfaces as needed. Watch for fresh snowfall that might cover existing ice, which can make conditions even more dangerous.
When operating a vehicle or acting as a pedestrian, “right of way” means that one person or vehicle should be allowed to move before any others. When it comes to pedestrians, who often share parts of the road with motor vehicles, it is important to understand when the pedestrian should yield to the vehicle, and when he or she has the right of way over a car. In any situation, no matter who has right of way, an operator of a vehicle must take every reasonable precaution to ensure the safety of a pedestrian, especially children or those who are in some way impaired. Read the rest »