As the winter months approach, Hackensack residents who walk around town need to ensure that they are doing what they can to remain safe in the inclement wintry weather. Taking walking safety seriously starts before ever leaving the house. One of the most important things you can do is to wear proper gear.

Ideally, you will bundle up in layers so that there is a barrier between the cold temperatures and your skin. You should have as much skin covered as possible to reduce the risk of developing frostbite. You also need to wear shoes that help with traction as you walk. Heels aren’t a good option when there is snow or ice on the ground. Instead, stick to sneakers or snow boots.

The sidewalks and crosswalks won’t likely be as clear as they are during the summer months. You have to be aware of where you walk to avoid slipping on snow or ice.

One big risk for pedestrians during the winter months is motorists. Drivers might not give themselves appropriate stopping distance before crosswalks. This could lead to them careening into you when you are crossing the street lawfully.

People who suffer injuries in pedestrian accidents should seek medical care because the injuries might be serious. They might opt to seek compensation from the driver who struck them to recover the monetary damages they have from the accident.

Learning more about your rights and responsibilities after an accident may increase the amount of the settlement or judgment that you obtain from your personal injury lawsuit or claim for damages.