While the month of March is right around the corner, warmer spring weather is still a long way off for Vancouver residents. After enduring months of freezing temperatures, additional winter storms are forecasted for the weeks ahead. Officials are warning residents to use caution when going to work, school, or when running errands, as weather conditions make it more likely for serious personal injuries to occur. In addition to using caution on the roads, it is important to protect yourself against slip and fall injuries.
Clark County Officials Warn Residents About Driving Dangers
In the coming weeks, Vancouver residents will need to brace themselves for another round of winter storms. According to a February 11, 2019 Columbian news report, forecasters are predicting freezing rains and snow accumulations in higher elevation areas.
School-related closings can be expected, as can downed tree branches and power lines. Residents should also stock up on supplies to prepare for the risk of power outages. Motorists in particular are urged to use caution, as even areas with no snowfall could experience icy conditions. To protect yourself against car accidents and injuries as a result of these storms, follow these tips:
- Avoid driving when possible and check traffic reports before heading out;
- Make sure your car is properly maintained to avoid breakdowns, which increase your injury risks;
- Go slow and be aware that black ice is not visible on the road;
- Be extra careful when bridges and overpasses, which tend to freeze first;
- Allow plenty of space between you and other drivers and avoid reckless driving behaviors such as tailgating and improper passing.
Winter Weather Increases Risk of Slip and Fall Accidents
In addition to being cautious on the road, it is important to be careful and alert when walking on city sidewalks or when entering stores and office buildings. Ice and wet, rainy conditions increase the risk for slip and fall injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), slips and falls are one of the most common types of personal injuries and older people in particular are at an increased risk.
When out walking, be sure and wear the appropriate shoes, stick to cleared sidewalks and paths, and be alert to slick areas near entrances and exits, where water can tend to pool. If a slip and fall does occur, follow these tips:
- Report the incident to police, building security, or the property owner;
- Make sure that an accident report is filed;
- Get medical care for any injuries you suffer, even if they appear minor;
- Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding follow up care and activity restrictions.
Contact Us Today for Help
At the Johnston Law Firm, we can advise you on how to get the compensation you need to recover when weather-related accidents and injuries occur. To discuss your options, contact our Vancouver personal injury attorneys online or call (503) 546-3167 and request a consultation today.