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November 2nd 2020

Winter Accident Prevention

Person tending to car accident with caution sign on road

The holiday season will soon be upon us, and even during COVID-19, many of us are feeling the added excitement of this time of year. However, this is also when we see an increased risk of car accidents and slip and fall incidents. At Campbell Law, we want to see you healthy and thriving, so we’ve put together a few reminders to help you stay safe during this upcoming season.

Safe Driving

The busy Christmas season, paired with the change in weather, makes this time of year particularly risky for driving. We often encounter our first round of winter weather around this time, from freezing rain or heavy snow to icy roads. With snowy or ice-slick roads accounting for almost 30% of car accidents in Canada, we can’t stress enough the importance of taking your time to adjust to winter driving. 

Reacquaint yourself with these winter driving habits:

  • Leave extra distance between vehicles so you have enough space to stop safely if needed.
  • Monitor road conditions (ice, slush, snow) and adjust your driving speed. 
  • Service your vehicle to ensure it’s in good working order and has the proper tires for the winter season. 
  • Keep your vehicle stocked with items that include windshield washer fluid and an emergency car kit. 

We also caution you about the increased risk of drinking and driving during the holidays. Despite regular efforts to raise awareness about the risks of driving impaired, Ontario police continue to issue hundreds of charges during their holiday RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) programs. Many people underestimate the effects of driving impaired or assume they are above the legal drinking limit. 

If you plan to be out and anticipate on drinking, coordinate your transportation ahead of time. If driving is your only option for returning home, stay sober. Also remember to be a defensive driver by anticipating potential risks such as encountering drivers who may be impaired and exercise caution. Regularly check the drivers around you and double-check traffic when entering into intersections.

Slip and Fall Prevention

We also see an increased number of slip and fall accidents during this time of year. Much like winter driving, we must grow accustomed to being more cautious about the frosty weather that’s here to stay for the next few months.

Here are some reminders to help prevent slip and fall accidents:

  • Take your time! We’re all guilty of rushing to and from stores but these are when slip and fall accidents happen the most.
  • Assess stairs and entrance areas for potential hazards such as ice or snow buildup. 
  • Make use of handrails where available.
  • When entering buildings from outside, give yourself extra time to remove snow or water from your shoes.

If you are the unfortunate victim of an accident caused because of someone else’s negligence, as a Niagara Falls personal injury lawyer, we will work with you to obtain the compensation you deserve. Our team has extensive experience in representing clients who have experienced injuries from a car accident and slip and fall incident.

Campbell Law serves Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and the entire Niagara Region. Contact us to schedule your free initial consultation with our knowledgeable team.

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