According to a story on Your Erie pedestrians in Meadville will have access to bus service over Smock Bridge this winter. The agreement between Mead Township, Meadville, and CATA is aimed at making walking during the winter safer for pedestrians. The service is free to users and is expected to begin in late November and run the March 31st. Smock Bridge is on the Green Line for CATA.
Winter Weather and Pedestrians
Winter weather can make it treacherous for pedestrians. Ice, snow, and freezing rain can make traveling by foot dangerous. Falling on slippery sidewalks can result in severe injuries, including broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. The physical pain, emotional stress, and financial cost of a sidewalk slip and fall during the winter can be substantial.
If you are injured in a slip and fall on a sidewalk this winter, you need to consult with our office to determine if you have a premises liability claim. In some cases, a property owner may be liable for your damages if you fall on the sidewalk on the owner’s property. If the owner is liable for your fall, you might be able to receive compensation for your:
- Medical expenses, including compensation for future medical bills because of the need for ongoing personal or medical care
- Loss of income, including a loss of earning potential if you cannot return to work earning the same income as before because of a permanent disability
- Mental anguish, physical pain, and emotional stress
- Permanent disability, scarring, and disfigurement
It can be very difficult to prove a slip and fall claim for a winter sidewalk accident; therefore, you need an experienced attorney to help you investigate the fall to determine if the property owner is liable for your fall. Our Erie slip and fall attorney offers free consultations and case evaluations.
Winter Pedestrian Safety Tips
Pedestrian accidents can result in painful injuries. This winter, take precautions when you are walking to avoid accidents. Some things you can do to reduce your risk of falling include:
- Wear the appropriate shoes to reduce the risk of falling. Shoes should have good, non-slip soles for walking on slippery surfaces.
- Avoid distractions while walking. Keep your eyes open for patches of ice or other hazards. Distracted walking can be very dangerous.
- Even during the day, make yourself visible to drivers. Wear bright clothing and carry reflective items.
- Avoid carrying multiple packages or heavy items that could cause you to lose your balance.
- Wear warm clothing, but avoid clothing that can restrict your vision.
- Use caution when crossing roads. Ice and snow in crosswalks can cause you to slip and fall.
- Walk slowly and take shorter steps to help reduce the risk of a fall.
- When climbing steps, hold onto the handrail and take each step slowly and carefully.