If you are new to the Hartford, Connecticut area, the chill of December might have been quite a shock to you. But you should know that January and February are traditionally even colder. With an average of a foot of snowfall each month and temperatures lingering below freezing, you should expect there to be plenty of frost and ice on the highways and walkways. If you have a lot of commuting, or just a lot of walking, to do, keep these safety tips and hints in mind as we forge our way through another New England winter.
- Minimal Driving: When the temperatures are low and there is snow on the roads, you should only drive when it is absolutely necessary. Trips to the store that can wait should be put off until the sun is making the most warmth, usually around 2 PM.
- Slowing Down: When you do drive, do so slowly. In rain, you are expected to travel 5 to 10 miles per hour slower than you normally would; on snow or frost, consider slowing to 10 to 15 MPH under the normal amount when it is safe to do so.
- Steady On-Foot: Slopes and steps are treacherous when everything is iced over, especially for the young or elderly. To help prevent slip and fall accidents, do not go up and down any stairs or inclines that do not have a secure, stable railing to grasp.
- Storefront Dangers: It is not uncommon for storefronts to hose their windows down in the morning to make them clean, or spray the sidewalk clear of debris. The unintended side-effect is a hazardous patch of ice that can be impossible to see until you’re already sliding on it.
What to Do After a Fall or a Collision
The icy temperatures can be confusing and treacherous for anyone. Even the best of drivers and most careful of pedestrians can get into an accident or take a tumble. Oftentimes, the source of the incident can be linked to the neglect of another, though. If you get hurt in the wintry season of Connecticut, let our Hartford personal injury attorneys at Carlson & Dumeer, LLC know what happened. With our client-focused, teamwork-strong approach to your case, you may be able to win ample compensation for your injuries and inconveniences.